Federico Balzaretti to undergo groin surgery

The defender has not featured for Roma in more than two months and will now head abroad in an attempt to fix the problem.

Roma fullback Federico Balzaretti will undergo surgery in an attempt to solve an ongoing groin issue, the club has confirmed.

The 32-year-old has not featured for Rudi Garcia's charges since a 1-1 draw with Sassuolo on Nov. 10. The Giallorossi have subsequently decided the best course of action is for the Italy international to have an operation, which will take place in Boston.

"Due to a condition of ongoing and persistent pain, Federico Balzaretti has gone to visit a specialist in the United States," read a statement on Roma's official website. With the aim of the quickest recovery possible, the player, in accordance with the club and medical staff, will undergo an operation in the coming hours for a small sports hernia in the left groin area in the 'day surgery' ward of UMass Hospital in Boston."

No timeline has yet been put on a return for the former Juventus and Fiorentina player.

Roma has enjoyed an impressive campaign in Serie A and sits second with 47 points from 20 matches, while the club has also reached the semifinals of the Coppa Italia courtesy of a 1-0 triumph over Juventus on Tuesday.