Rome — Roma center back Leandro Castan says he has been cleared to play again after having neurosurgery that successfully removed a malformation on his brain.
Castan has been out since September, when he was substituted at halftime of a Serie A match because of dizziness.
The Brazilian tells Roma's radio station that "it's one of the happiest days of my life."
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He adds, "I want to return as soon as possible ... and start next season at 100 percent."
In December, Castan said the malformation, known as a cavernoma, measured 3 centimeters (slightly more than an inch) and was completely removed during a 3 1/2-hour surgery.
The 28-year-old joined Roma in 2012 from Corinthians.
During his first two seasons in Italy, Castan played in 66 of Roma's 76 Serie A matches.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.