Mexes ruled out for rest of season

ROME - AS Roma and France defender Philippe Mexes has been ruled out for the season after being told on Monday he needs surgery on a cruciate knee ligament tear.

The centre-back suffered the injury in Sunday's 2-0 home defeat by Juventus and Roma said in a statement it was not yet decided where and when he would have the operation.

His absence will be a blow to Vincenzo Montella's sixth-placed side, who occupy the final assured Europa League berth in Serie A with seven games left.

Mexes is out of contract in the close season and has been linked heavily in the media with Italian leaders AC Milan.