Injury blow for Alessandrini

  • Last Updated: February 16 2013, 16:25 GMT

Rennes midfielder Romain Alessandrini looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering knee ligament damage in the Ligue 1 defeat at Lille.

Romain Alessandrini: Injury blow

The 23-year-old, who received his first France call-up for the friendly against Germany earlier this month, was substituted 10 minutes before half-time of his side's 2-0 loss at the Grand Stade Lille Metropole.

Subsequent scans confirmed the worst and he must now undergo surgery.

"Romain Alessandrini underwent an MRI this afternoon in Rennes," read a statement on

"Unfortunately, the tests confirmed the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The midfielder will visit a surgeon as soon as possible for an operation."

Speaking on Friday night, after seeing his side's four-match unbeaten run ended, coach Frederic Antonetti said: "It's a sorry evening, especially for Roman. He is a player who has improved over the past six months. It is a big loss tonight."

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