Keita ruled out for five weeks


Roma confirmed its star midfielder Seydou Keita faces five weeks on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

The experienced Mali international was forced off in the first half of the 5-1 win against Carpi in September.

The Serie A side has stated Keita is making "good progress" on the problem, but has set his recovery period at just over a month after diagnosing damage to a tendon in his right thigh.

Keita, who has made six appearances this season, is expected to miss crucial Serie A clashes away to Fiorentina and Internazionale, as well as UEFA Champions League games home and away against Bayer Leverkusen.

The 35 year-old is also unlikely to be fit for the derby match with Lazio on 8 November.