Injury blow for Lille's Mavuba

Lille have confirmed that captain Rio Mavuba is facing between two and three months on the sidelines.

A short statement on the Lille website said Mavuba has had knee surgery after being injured playing in the Coupe de la Ligue clash with St Etienne on January 15, a match Lille lost on penalties.

The news means Mavuba will miss France's upcoming friendly against Germany as well as World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Spain in March.