Tuesday November 9 2010
Samuel knee surgery successful

Inter defender Walter Samuel underwent reconstructive knee surgery today in an operation that lasted almost four hours.

The Argentine was stretchered off in agony during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Brescia after an accidental clash of knees with Andrea Caracciolo left him with damaged ligaments.

“The operation lasted around three and a half hours and was successful in reconstructing the anterior cruciate ligament and the outer compartment of the right knee,” read a statement on the club website.

“The surgery, which was performed by Professor Franco Benazzo's team at the orthopaedic clinic in Pavia, was a very difficult one because of the type of lesion suffered by the Nerazzurri defender, but had no complications.”

It is believed the surgery will keep 32-year-old Samuel out of action for around six months.