Hernia op for Roma defender

Roma and Italy defender Federico Balzaretti is facing up to two months on the sidelines after undergoing a hernia operation.

The 32-year-old left-back received specialist advice in the United States on how best to manage his left groin problem, and went under the knife in Massachusetts on Friday.

A club statement read: "Federico Balzaretti had an operation on a sports hernia (on Friday). The procedure was a complete success and he is expected to be out for six to eight weeks."