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Roma defender has successful brain surgery

03 December 2014, 20:54

ROME — Roma says that defender Leandro Castan has had neurosurgery that successfully removed a malformation on his brain.

Castan has been out of action since a September victory at Empoli, where he was substituted at halftime because of dizziness.

Roma says the malformation, known as a cavernoma, measured 3 centimeters (slightly more than an inch), and was "completely removed" during a 3 1/2-hour surgery.

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Roma adds that Castan woke up after the procedure and was breathing unaided. Still, he will remain in intensive care for 24 hours.

The 28-year-old center back joined Roma in 2012 from Corinthians in his native Brazil.

The last two seasons, Castan played in 66 of Roma's 76 Serie A matches.

- AP


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