Leandro Castan: Roma defender undergoes brain surgery

Roma defender Leandro Castan competes for the ball against Atalanta
Leandro Castan has made one Serie A appearance this season

Roma's Brazil international defender Leandro Castan has undergone surgery to relieve pressure on his brain after suffering acute dizziness.

The three-and-a-half hour procedure successfully removed a cavernoma, clusters of abnormal blood vessels in the 28-year-old's brain.

Roma say the centre-back woke after the operation and was breathing unaided.

But the former Corinthians man, who has made one Serie A outing this term, will stay in intensive care for 24 hours.

Castan made 36 appearances as Roma finished runners-up in the Italian top flight last season.

In the last two seasons, the Brazilian has appeared in 66 of his club's 76 league games.

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