Napoli's Chiriches to have surgery after ACL tear

Napoli are set to be without Vlad Chiriches for most of 2018-19 after confirming he has torn a knee ligament.

Napoli defender Vlad Chiriches   -  Getty Images

Napoli defender Vlad Chiriches will have surgery on Monday after it was confirmed he has torn the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.

The centre-back came off in the 31st minute of Romania's 0-0 Nations League draw with Montenegro in Ploiesti on Friday.

Medical tests have since shown he suffered a ligament tear and will undergo an operation, Napoli confirmed in a statement on Monday.

Chiriches only made seven Serie A appearances last season and was yet to appear under Carlo Ancelotti in 2018-19.

He joined the club from Tottenham in 2015 for a reported fee of £4.5million.