Midfielder blow for Chievo

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Chievo Verona have suffered a massive blow after Matteo Brighi broke his cheekbone.

The influential midfielder picked up the injury during a practice match against a local amateur side last weekend.

The Flying Donkeys have confirmed that Brighi has already undergone surgery to repair the fracture.

The club are now looking into the prospect of him wearing a protective facemask which, if approved, could see him return to action as early as Wednesday when Chievo face Levski Sofia in the UEFA Champions League qualifier.