Lazio’s Hernanes likely to miss rest of season

Lazio playmaker Hernanes is likely to miss the rest of the

season with a thigh injury, dealing a blow to the Serie A club’s

hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

Hernanes was substituted at halftime in Sunday’s draw with Lecce

and tests Tuesday reveal the Brazilian has a ”first to second

degree tear to his left thigh muscle.”

It is a further blow to Lazio with Christian Brocchi already out

for the run-in and leading striker Miroslav Klose struggling to

recover in time for the last few games.

Lazio is currently third, but just three points ahead of

Udinese, with Napoli and Roma also close behind. Inter Milan is

seventh, six points behind Lazio.

Hernanes has scored eight times this season.