Cristian Brocchi has declared that while his season is over, his career most certainly is not, revealing that he is determined to represent Lazio in next season's Champions League.
The 36-year-old midfielder had hoped to return from a nagging foot problem in time to play his part in the Biancocelesti's bid to finish third in Serie A.
However, it was announced on Thursday that Brocchi had suffered a relapse, casting doubt on his future in the game.
“I am truly disappointed to learn from the German specialists that I’ll be out for three months,” the former AC Milan man told Lazio Style Radio.
“I will stay in Rome this month to stay close to the team and do specific work with a personal physiotherapist. I won’t be able to run, so need different training techniques.
“But, in any case, I am happy that the lesions [on his right foot] were not more serious, as they could’ve compromised my career.
"I still want to play in the Champions League, a competition I have already won twice. I absolutely want to play in it with Lazio, as their jersey is like a second skin for me."
Brocchi, who has one Italy cap to his name, arrived at the Stadio Olimpico from San Siro in 2008.