Thursday November 20th, 2014

A Roma defender is set to undergo neurosurgery in December after medical tests showed there is a congenital vascular alteration in his brain, the club said in a statement.

Leandro Castan said he felt dizzy after a match against Empoli in September, but the feeling subsided over the next few days, the statement says. Castan was replaced at halftime of the match, his only appearance this season.

The condition, known as a cavernoma, is not considered life-threatening.

From the statement:

Although the cavernoma does not represent a threat to the player’s life – indeed, he is currently in peak physical condition – he is at risk of reoccurrences. Therefore, the medical staff, club and player have agreed that he will undergo neurosurgery at the beginning of December in order to definitively cure the problem. This will allow his to resume regular competitive sporting activity.

Castan, a native of Brazil, joined Roma from Brazilian club Corinthians in 2012 and signed a contract extension this offseason.

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