AS Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini will be sidelined until 2023 through a thigh injury.
The Giallorossi skipper was forced off the field during the second half of the capital derby on Sunday, with Lazio eventually winning the game 1-0.
According to a report from Calciomercato, Pellegrini has been diagnosed with a first-degree injury to the flexor muscle on his right thigh and will miss the remaining games before the World Cup break.
The return date has been set for January next year, and his absence will be a big blow for Jose Mourinho’s side.
The Italian midfielder has been one of the best players of Roma over the last few years despite the club’s steady decline.
He also put on an impressive display in the 3-1 win against Ludogorets in Europa League last week, helping his side progress to the play-off round.
However, the 26-year-old has been unfortunate with injuries in recent seasons, and he will be disappointed with the latest setback.
Pellegrini joins the growing list of injured players that already contains Paulo Dybala, Georginio Wijnaldum and Leonardo Spinazzola.
Speaking of Dybala, the Argentine picked up a worrying hamstring injury against Lecce last month, which initially put his World Cup hopes at stake.
Roma will face Sassuolo in the midweek fixture, and they will hope to recover from the derby defeat.
Mourinho’s men have been drawn against RB Salzburg in the Europa League knockout round play-offs.
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