Juve’s Stephan Lichsteiner undergoes heart procedure

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Juventus defender Stephan Lichsteiner will miss up to a month of action after having a heart procedure earlier today.

Lichsteiner was substituted off at halftime during Juve’s match against Frosinone on September 23 after complaining of having difficulty breathing.

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The defender missed out on Juventus’ next two matches, and underwent an operation to fix an abnormal heart rhythm.

From a statement released by the club:

During last week’s match with Frosinone Stephan Lichtsteiner suffered breathing difficulties due to a benign cardiac arrhythmia (atrial flutter) which later stopped of its own accord.

Tests and specialist consultancy conducted over the following days suggested surgery to be the best course of action for the defender.

Dr. Gaita today performed a cardiac ablation operation and Lichtsteiner is expected to return to competitive action within 30 days.

With Lichsteiner only set to miss a month of play, it looks like the issue was not severe as the defender is expected to make a full, quick recovery.

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At 31-years-old, Lichsteiner is in his sixth season with Juventus, where he has made more than 100 appearances for the club. He has represented Switzerland at two World Cups, and was named Swiss Footballer of the Year for 2015.

Juventus has gotten off to a slow start in Serie A this season, sitting 15th on the table with just one win through six matches.