Lille’s Mavuba undergoes successful knee surgery

Lille captain Rio Mavuba has undergone knee surgery and faces up

to three months out of action.

The midfielder had the operation Monday after a meniscus problem

in his left knee was diagnosed when injured while playing against

Rennes at the end of September.

His club says the operation went well but he is still expected

to be sidelined for between six weeks and three months.

Mavuba had only recently broken back into the France team under

new coach Didier Deschamps.