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Football | Italy

Mattia Destro © Gallo Images

Roma striker Destro to have surgery



AS Roma could be without striker Mattia Destro for as long as two months after the club said the knee injury he picked up in midweek was worse than initially thought.

The 22-year-old suffered strains to his right ankle and left knee during Roma's 2-1 win over Inter Milan in the first leg of the Italian Cup semifinal on Wednesday, but tests by club doctors revealed more significant damage to his knee.

"The player underwent two rounds of tests which identified a tear to the lateral meniscus in his (left) knee. He will therefore require an operation," Roma said on their website (asroma.it) on Friday.

Destro has had a hard first season in the Italian capital after joining from Siena, scoring only four goals in 16 appearances.

Roma, who are eighth in Serie A on 33 points, take on Bologna on Sunday.

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