Domenico Criscito sidelined for six months

Domenico Criscito
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Zenit St Petersburg full-back Domenico Criscito is ruled out for the rest of this season after tearing his cruciate ligament in a friendly.

Zenit St Petersburg have been rocked by the news that Italian international Domenico Criscito has been ruled out for at least six months.

Criscito suffered a cruciate ligament tear in a friendly against Siena last Thursday and has been booked for surgery this week to repair the damage.

Zenit boss Luciano Spalletti has confirmed that he will be without the full-back for the rest of this season.

He told the club's official website: "Mimmo (Criscito) tore cruciate ligaments and will need to undergo surgery."

The Russian champions will begin life without Criscito in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie with FC Basel in midweek.

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