ROME — Roma says that defender Leandro Castan has had neurosurgery that successfully removed a malformation on his brain.
Castan has been out of action since a September victory at Empoli, where he was substituted at halftime because of dizziness.
Roma says the malformation, known as a cavernoma, measured 3 centimeters (slightly more than an inch), and was "completely removed" during a 3 1/2-hour surgery.
Roma adds that Castan woke up after the procedure and was breathing unaided. Still, he will remain in intensive care for 24 hours.
The 28-year-old center back joined Roma in 2012 from Corinthians in his native Brazil.
The last two seasons, Castan played in 66 of Roma's 76 Serie A matches.