Rome - Lazio are set to be without Stefan de Vrij for the
rest of the season after the Dutch defender underwent knee surgery on
Dutch international De Vrij is considered Lazio's strongest
central defender but he will be sidelined for six months as he recovers from
the operation on his left knee.
A statement by the Serie A club said: "The surgery,
performed by the Head of the Department of orthopedics and sport traumatology,
Dr. Lagae, was a complete success and the expected recovery time for the
resumption of competition is about six months."
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Lazio face Rosenborg in the Europa League on Thursday and,
having beaten the Norwegians 3-1 in Rome earlier in the competition, are set to
leave a number of key regulars at home.
They then face city rivals Roma at their shared ground of
the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday and coach Stefano Pioli will rest Brazilian
Felipe Anderson and striker Miroslav Klose for the trip to Norway.
Lazio sit top of Europa League Group G with a three-point
lead over Saint Etienne.For
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