Football: Djordjevic set for months on sidelines after ankle op

Football: Djordjevic set for months on sidelines after ankle op
Lazio's Serbian forward Filip Djordjevic (C) leaves the field on a stretcher after being injured during the Italian Serie A football match Lazio vs AC Milan at Rome's Olympic stadium on January 24, 2015.

MILAN- Lazio striker Filip Djordjevic is facing several months on the sidelines after suffering a right ankle fracture and sprain in the Serie A side's 3-1 win over AC Milan on Saturday, the club have announced.

Djordjevic, who had replaced Miroslav Klose in the 74th minute, suffered the injury after falling akwardly as he attempted to meet a cross into the Milan area.

The 28-year-old Serbian was carried off on a stretcher in the 87th minute and replaced by Keita Balde.

Lazio's 10th win of the season moved them up to third place a point ahead of Napoli and Sampdoria ahead of their respective games on Sunday but they could be without Djordjevic for up to three months.

A club statement said: "Filip Djordjevic suffered a right ankle injury and underwent tests at the Paideia clinic which revealed a lateral malleolus fracture.

"The player will undergo surgery, probably on the morning of January 27."

Djordjevic is Lazio's top scorer this season, hitting the net seven times for the Biancocelesti. Klose hit his fourth goal of the season on Saturday.

The Serbian's injury means Lazio are now in the market for another striker before the winter transfer deadline at the end of this week.

"Unfortunately, we've lost Djordjevic and I'm afraid it could be a long recovery process," club president Claudio Lotito told Mediaset.

"We'll see if we need reinforcements in attack because we currently have several players out on loan."

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