Lyon defender Rafael da Silva is set for up to three months out of action after undergoing surgery on a thigh injury this week.
The former Manchester United full-back has not featured for his club since a Champions League draw with Manchester City at the end of November, having been sent off in the derby against Saint-Etienne the previous weekend.
Rafael underwent pubic and adductor surgery, which will keep him out of action between two and half to three months.— OL English (@OL_English) December 15, 2018
We wish you all the best in your recovery, @orafa2!! 💪👊🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/jLGzNFXyFX
After serving a three-match domestic suspension, Rafael had surgery on Friday on his adductors and pubis.
Lyon coach Bruno Genesio confirmed in a news conference at the weekend that the Brazilian was set for between two and three months on the sidelines.
Thanks for all the messages of support, everything is fine! I will go strong to recover to come back. 💪— Rafael da Silva (@orafa2) December 15, 2018
Merci au docteur Gilles Reboul et sa équipe pour l’attention et pour votre engagement. Et tout le staff de ol pour l’aide. I keep smile 😁😁😁 pic.twitter.com/PhC9inzbUK
That lay-off could cause Rafael to miss the first leg of Lyon's Champions League last-16 tie in mid-February, with the Ligue 1 club set to learn the identity of their opponents in Monday's draw.