UEFA Europa League play-off entrants FC Spartak Moskva have been dealt an injury blow with the news that defender Salvatore Bocchetti faces around six months out as he requires knee surgery.
The 26-year-old Italian international sustained the injury in Sunday's goalless draw against FC Rubin Kazan and further scans revealed a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament and a strained fibular collateral ligament. The five-times capped defender will have to watch his side's UEFA Europa League play-off tie against FC St Gallen, which starts in Switzerland on Thursday, from the sidelines.
The Moscow club also announced that forward Ari has completed his move to fellow Russian Premier League outfit FC Krasnodar after passing a medical and putting pen to paper on a three-year deal.
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