S.S. Lazio centre-back Sebastiano Siviglia is expected to be out for at least a month after undergoing surgery on a recurrent knee problem.
The 34-year-old made his first appearance of the season in Lazio's 1-0 win at AS Livorno Calcio on Sunday, and though he completed the 90 minutes, complained of pain after the match and underwent surgery on a meniscus injury today. Siviglia will certainly miss back-to-back UEFA Champions League games against Werder Bremen and is doubtful for the rest of the group stage according to his surgeon Pierpaolo Mariani. "Usually it takes a month to recover from this kind of surgery, but this time it could take even longer because it's the second operation on the same knee in a short period of time," Mariani said.
Siviglia sustained the initial injury at the end of last season and had not featured for Lazio since 13 May. He had been a mainstay in the side prior to that. The centre-back’s problems were compounded last month when he broke his hand just as he appeared ready to return to action, costing him an additional three weeks on the sidelines. The injury is a big blow to coach Delio Rosi who is also without Brazilian defender Cribari for Wednesday's game against Bremen after the centre-back failed to recover from the thigh injury which forced him to miss the win at Livorno. In addition midfielder Stefano Mauri will miss both games against Bremen after being ruled out for a month on Monday with a left thigh injury.
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