Lucio out until February
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Brazilian has been playing injured for some time, but the club were hopeful that a month`s rest would see him make a full recovery.
However, a trip to America to see a doctor has confirmed the news that surgery is required.
Lucio is expected to go under the knife on Monday and will not be ready to return to action until February.
Bayer boss Klaus Toppmoller said the news is a real blow to their domestic and European aspirations, but conceded that the defender`s long-term future is a bigger priority.