Bologna defender Cesari Natali suffers serious knee injury at Fiorentina

Cesare Natali, seen here scoring for Fiorentina in March, did not make a happy return to his former club

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Bologna defender Cesare Natali is facing up to six months on the sidelines after damaging knee ligaments.

The 33-year-old suffered the injury during the Serie A game against former club Fiorentina on Sunday.

A statement on Bologna's official website confirmed that the Italian will require surgery on his right knee.

Natali only left Florence in the summer, signing a two-year contract with the Rossoblu for his second spell at the club.

The former Italy Under 21 international had spent three years at the Stadio Artemio Franchi but it was a nightmare return with Bologna also losing the game 1-0.