Castan out of intensive care, Roma confirm

The defender had an operation on his brain and the club announced that he is conscious and his recovery is progressing as expected

Roma defender Leandro Castan has left intensive care after undergoing brain surgery, the club have announced.

Castan had a three-and-a-half-hour operation to remove a cavernoma from his brain on Tuesday, with Roma confirming afterwards that the procedure had been successful.

And the Serie A club released another statement to reveal the 28-year-old Brazilian is out of intensive care and “progressing as expected”.

“Leandro Castan has successfully negotiated the first 24 hours after his operation,” it read.

“He is conscious and interacting with family members and medical staff. He has now left the intensive care unit, but is still being constantly monitored.

“He is progressing as expected, though no prognosis has yet been released.”

Castan could return to action in five months, which means he could play some part in the final stages of the 2014-15 season.