Felipe Anderson sidelined for 3 weeks with knee sprain

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Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson will have to put setting Serie A alight on the shelf for the time being.

The 21-year-old sensation who is taking the Italian league by storm picked up a knee sprain in training and will be sidelined for around three weeks, the club announced.

According to the release by Lazio, Anderson sprained the MCL in his left knee, but further tests ruled out any extensive damage such as tears.

After starting the season as mainly a substitute off the bench, Anderson has ripped his way into the starting lineup with five goals and five assists in his last five matches, including a brace on the road at Inter, a pair of assists in two separate 3-0 home wins, and an important goal in a crucial draw with Roma. His sensational form is a big reason why Lazio remains unbeaten in its last six matches, springing the club up to third in the table.

The timing of the injury is a huge blow to Lazio, who have massive home games coming up against Napoli and AC Milan, the former of which sits just a point behind in fourth position.

Over the last five games, Anderson has produced some fantastic numbers. He’s completed 30 of 43 dribbles (leading Serie A over the span), created eight chances, and putting an impressive 67% (10 of 15) shots on net, according to Squawka statistics. Here’s to hoping he can come back fit and in full strength soon, because Serie A is way more fun with Felipe Anderson than without him.