AS Roma captain Francesco Totti faces a long spell on the sidelines after sustaining a broken leg in the 1-0 Serie A win against Empoli FC today.
World Cup worries
The Italian international forward was carried off on a stretcher at the Carlo Castellani stadium after a challenge by Empoli defender Richard Vanigli, and will be out for at least two months. He was taken to hospital where a scan confirmed a leg fracture and ligament damage. The injury might even jeopardise Totti's chances of appearing at the FIFA World Cup in Germany in June.
The news of Totti's serious injury completed a mixed day for Roma, as their narrow victory this afternoon meant equalling the Serie A record of ten consecutive wins, the first team to achieve the feat since Bologna FC in the 1963/64 season. They face Club Brugge KV on 23 February in the return leg of the UEFA Cup Round of 32 after their 2-1 victory in Belgium on Wednesday.
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