Brazil defender, Castan survives brain surgery

Defender still in intensive care and is only expected back in action in eight months

AS Roma defender, Leandro Castan underwent successful neurosurgical procedure to remove a cluster of abnormal blood vessels from his brain.

Castan has not played since September after he complained of acute dizziness in the 1-0 over Empoli that month.

Doctors removed the cavernoma which measured three meters ''using a surgical microscope and neuronavigator," while the player’s "neurophysiological activity was constantly monitored."

A statement from the club read: "Castan has now woken up and is breathing unaided, and has been informed of the operation's successful outcome.

"He will remain in intensive care for the next 24 hours, after which a prognosis will be formed."

The player is expected to return to action in eight months.

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