STANKOVIC OP BLOW
By Alex Livie. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
THE problems facing Lazio coach Sven Goran Eriksson appear to be showing no signs of abating, with the news that midfielder Dejan Stankovic could be sidelined for up to two months after undergoing a knee operation.
The Yugoslavian international was stretchered from the field during the first half of the Roman club`s 2-1 win over Bari on Friday night.
Lazio official Felice Pulici said: "He has had the operation on his cruciate ligament and we will see how things go."
Stankovic had earlier voiced his displeasure at failing to command a regular starting place at the Stadio Olimpico and this is unlikely to have lightened his mood.
The injury is also a blow to the under pressure England manager-elect, who has seen his side struggle in the defence of their Serie A crown, as well as falter in the Champions League, meaning there have been calls for the club to sever ties with the Swede.
However, Lazio and Eriksson have stood firm and stated that they will both honour the remainder of the contract, which runs out at the end of the season, and they will be hoping for a bright start to the New Year.