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Napoli defender Chiriches suffers torn knee ligament, to undergo surgery

IANS  |  Rome 

Napoli defender Vlad Chiriches sustained a severe torn injury that requires surgery, side announced on Monday.

The defender, 28, was forced off the field in the 31st minute during his national team's 0-0 draw against in their clash on September 7, reports news.

Tests showed the tore the "anterior cruciate in his left knee," Napoli said in a statement.

Chiriches is set to undergo Monday but the club did not give an estimate for how long his recovery was expected to take.

The former Tottenham Hotspur will likely be sidelined for all of group stage clashes.

Napoli was drawn in Group C, alongside Paris Saint-Germain, and Red Star Belgrade.

leaves Napoli's Italian with only three experienced central defenders available, including international Raul Albiol, international Kalidou Koulibaly and international

Ancelotti also has the option of tapping Italian 22-year-old Sebastiano Luperto, who made the first team after moving up through the youth ranks.



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First Published: Mon, September 10 2018. 20:56 IST