Lyon have been hit by the news Rafael da Silva is facing three months on the sidelines after undergoing an operation on his thigh.
Lyon have been missing the former Manchester United full-back for the last three games after picking up a suspension following his sending off against Saint-Etienne, but now he is set for even longer on the treatment table.
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Rafael underwent surgery on his adductors and pubis on Friday and coach Bruno Genesio confirmed in a news conference at the weekend that the Brazilian was set for between two and three months out.
The injury lay-off now means that Rafael faces a race to make the first leg of Lyon’s Champions League last-16 tie in mid-February, with their opponents set to be discovered today.