Real Betis Balompié defender Paolo Castellini faces six months on the sidelines after damaging knee ligaments.
The 25-year-old left-back, who joined Betis from Italian club Torino Calcio in the summer, was forced out of yesterday's training session after twisting his right knee. Castellini said that he heard a crunching sound, provoking fears that he may have torn cartilage and damaged ligaments.
The player underwent an MRI scan this morning which confirmed that he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament. Castellini's injury is the latest setback for Betis coach Llorenç Serra Ferrer ahead of Saturday's league game against Real Madrid CF, as he is already missing injured defenders Melli and Juanito Gutiérrez, while midfield player Juan José Cañas is doubtful.