Fiorentina goalkeeper Sebastien Frey will be out of action for four to six months after suffering a cruciate ligament injury.
A statement on the club’s official website reads: “ACF Fiorentina communicates that the diagnostic tests on Sebastien Frey have revealed a subtotal lesion on his anterior cruciate ligament.
“This means surgery is necessary to stabilise the knee and that will take place over the next few days. The prognosis for his complete return is between four and six months.”
The loss of Frey is another blow to the club amid a troubled start to the campaign for Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men, who currently lie 15th in Serie A.
Forward Stevan Jovetic was ruled out for six months before the start of the season with the same knee injury while Adrian Mutu has only just returned to action after a nine-months drugs ban but is being investigated by police over an alleged assault.