Ex-Italy goalie De Sanctis in car crash

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AS Roma director and former Italy goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis is in intensive care following a car accident.

The 43-year-old was rushed to hospital after a serious incident on Rome's busy Via Cristoforo Colombo on Tuesday, Italian media reports said.

De Sanctis, who played six times for Italy and was part of their 2010 World Cup squad, underwent an operation on an abdominal haemorrhage, where his spleen was removed.

He is understood to now be conscious and in a stable condition following surgery.

The Italian, who represented Udinese, Napoli and Roma among others during his playing career, returned to the capital club in a backroom role in 2017 following his retirement.