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Totti faces new year on the sidelines

AS Roma captain Francesco Totti could be out of action for more than a month after a scan confirmed that the injury-troubled striker damaged a muscle in his right thigh during the 3-2 defeat at Calcio Catania on Sunday.

Francesco Totti (right) challenges Ezquiel Carboni of Catania prior to limping off
Francesco Totti (right) challenges Ezquiel Carboni of Catania prior to limping off ©Getty Images

AS Roma captain Francesco Totti could be out of action for more than a month after scan confirmed that he damaged a muscle in his right thigh. during the 3-2 defeat at Calcio Catania yesterday.

Thigh problem
Totti was forced out after 31 minutes of Sunday's 3-2 defeat at Calcio Catania, which ended a run of eight victories in all competitions, leaving the pitch holding the back of his thigh after trying a back-heel pass to Júlio Baptista. On Monday the forward underwent a scan which confirmed a strain.

Absence
He will not train for ten days and may not be available when Roma resume their Serie A campaign on 11 January against AC Milan, adding to a previous absence this term due to a knee problem, a blow as Totti has managed five goals in ten league games this term. However, the 32-year-old should return in plenty of time for the UEFA Champions League first knockout round tie against Arsenal FC on 24 February and 11 March.