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Totti suffers serious ankle injury

ROME (AP) -- AS Roma's imaginative captain and playmaker, Francesco Totti, was afraid his ankles were at risk -- as well as his participation in this year's World Cup in Germany.

"My ankles are swollen because I get too many kicks from rival defenders," Totti said in recent interviews with Italian media. "I can hardly play every weekend. I hope the World Cup is not at risk for me."

On Sunday, as his club equaled a Serie A record of 10 straight wins by beating Empoli 1-0 at Stadio Olimpico, Totti had to leave the field on a stretcher with a fractured fibula and strained ligaments in his left ankle following a rough tackle.

The 29-year-old Italian, who can produce brilliant assists as well as spectacular goals -- he has 15 this season -- had played just 12 minutes of the match when he twisted his ankle as he was tackled from behind.

Initial reports, while he underwent surgery at a local clinic, said he would be sidelined for at least two months.

"He's a very important player for the national team. It would be a pity not to have him in the World Cup. We will be waiting for him and will do everything possible to recover him in time," Italy coach Marcello Lippi said.

Totti's injury dampened celebrations for Roma's record that he had organized with his teammates at the end of the match.

Roma won on a first-half tally by midfielder Simone Perrotta, a few minutes after Totti was injured.

With 45 caps and eight goals for Italy, Totti did not feel he had fully expressed himself with the national team and was looking forward to the World Cup to earn international recognition.

Italy's Totti suffers leg injury

Totti will have an operation this week
Italy playmaker Francesco Totti looks set to be out of action for two months after breaking a bone in his leg while playing for Roma.

The 29-year-old, expected to be one of the leading lights for Italy at the World Cup this summer, is expected to undergo surgery later this week.

The injury occurred in the 12th minute of his side's Serie A clash with Empoli, which Roma won 1-0.

Roma director Rosella Sensi said: "Totti's injury was cruel and serious."

Totti's broken ankle takes shine off Roma's 10th straight victory

Roma equalled the Serie A record of 10 consecutive wins with a 1-0 defeat of Empoli yesterday but paid a heavy price when their captain Francesco Totti broke his ankle.

Totti was carried off in the 12th minute after going down under a heavy challenge by the Empoli defender Richard Vanigli. The Italy international has fractured his ankle and is expected to be out of action for about two months.

The win gave Roma 51 points from 26 matches and moved them up to fourth -Italy's final Champions League place - one point ahead of Fiorentina, who slipped back after losing 2-1 at home to Lazio. 

Roma captain Totti upbeat after surgery

Mon Feb 20, 9:02 AM ET

ROME (AFP) - Roma coach Luciano Spalletti said he was surprised by the cheery mood of striker Francesco Totti after the Italian international striker underwent major surgery on his badly-injured left leg.

The 29-year-old Roma captain was operated on late Sunday as surgeons realigned the left ankle ligaments that had been ripped away from the broken fibula that he suffered in Sunday's 1-0 victory against Empoli.

The fibula runs parallel with the tibia and runs from the knee down to the ankle. It is the smaller of the two bones but is not weight-bearing.

Ten screws were inserted into the fibula to stabilise the bone.

Totti, who is expected to be out of action for two months, could struggle to return for Roma before the end of the season and may not be fit in time for Italy for this summer's World Cup.

Yet despite a massive blow for club and country, Spalletti said Totti was far from down.

"Francesco is already talking about his comeback," Spalletti said after visiting Totti at the Villa Stuart clinic in the Eternal City.

"He's calm, joking and making light of his situation. I was expecting him to be depressed, but instead he's in a good mood.

"He joked that his son Cristian will take his place for Roma against Lazio next Sunday."

The news of Totti's injury was met with despair by Italy coach Marcello Lippi with the World Cup just four months away.

"We will do our utmost to help him recover in time," Lippi said. "It's too early to say how long it will take for him to recover, but I hope there is enough time.

"It would be a great shame if he doesn't make it to Germany. He is a very important player for Italy."

Totti was stretchered off in the 11th minute after a tackle from behind from Empoli's Richard Vanigli. It was not the tackle that caused the injury but the way Totti landed awkwardly.

Roma equalled the Serie A record of 10 consecutive wins on Sunday to climb up to fourth place in the table. They are also still involved in the Italian Cup and UEFA Cup. 

Berlusconi visits Totti in hospital

Mon Feb 20, 3:12 PM ET

ROME (AFP) - Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi visited injured Roma captain Francesco Totti in hospital, saying he hoped the 29-year-old playmaker would be fit in time for the World Cup in Germany this summer.

Totti "is part of Italy's heritage, in a footballing sense," said Berlusconi, ahead of a bedside visit that lasted 15 minutes.

"I hope he'll be back soon. Not only Roma supporters but all Italian fans hope that he can play in the World Cup," said Berlusconi, who owns AC Milan, one of Roma's main rivals in Italy's Seria A.

"Unfortunately, there are too many bad fouls from behind and I think these players, especially the most skilful, must be protected," said Berlusconi.

Totti, who was expected to be one of the leading lights at the World Cup, is expected to be out of action for at least two months after breaking his fibula while playing for Roma against Empoli on Sunday.

The fibula runs parallel with the tibia and runs from the knee down to the ankle. It is the smaller of the two bones but is not weight-bearing.

Ten screws were inserted into the fibula to stabilise the bone

21 feb 06 calm Day today for the Captain

Today afternoon the responsible of staff sanitary dell’AS the Rome Dr. Mario Brozzi and the Prof. Mariani have met in Press conference the journalists to Stuart Villa, in order to modernize them on the clinical conditions of Francisco Totti.
E’ emerged that today the soccer player has passed a calm day, although it has been interrupted l’anelgesia. Francisco Totti also has made a short walk, and of it he has been useful in order to make is drunk a toast with how many have it in these days assisted. If the passed one continues in this way tomorrow, with good approximation, the Captain of the Rome will be able to leave Stuart Villa and to return to house.

Injured Totti leaves hospital
22 February 2006
by AFP

AS Roma captain and Italian international playmaker Francesco Totti left hospital on Wednesday following an operation on his left leg.

Totti broke his fibula, which runs parallel with the tibia from the knee down to the ankle, and ripped ankle ligaments in Roma's 1-0 victory over Empoli on Sunday and will be out for up to three months. He is therefore doubtful for the FIFA World Cup™ finals which start on 9 June.

The 29-year-old left Rome's Villa Stuart clinic on crutches and had a police escort to his mother's home where he will begin his recovery.

At the game:


After the operation:


Leaving hospital

Totti is now recovering at home & there are also gossips that he will atend San Remo festival this evening More info about San remo comming soon..

Video of the incident