Alex Silva out for up to nine months

BERLIN - Hamburg SV's Brazilian defender Alex Silva faces knee surgery and will miss most of next season after being injured in a friendly, team doctor Oliver Dierk said on Wednesday. "Alex will be out of action for between eight and nine months," Dierk was quoted as saying on the Bundesliga club's website. The 24-year-old, who has won two caps for Brazil and joined Hamburg from Brazilian champions Sao Paulo one year ago, suffered the injury early in the second half of a match against Austria's Wacker Innsbruck on Tuesday.