Milan forward Giampaolo Pazzini will miss the start of next season, having been ruled out for six months after undergoing knee surgery.
The 28-year-old has been troubled by problems with his right knee during the Serie A campaign, and after Milan’s final-day victory over Siena, Pazzini was booked in for surgery in Belgium to try and resolve the issue.
The striker has made 35 appearances for the club in all competitions and scored 15 goals after moving from Inter in a swap deal that saw Antonio Cassano move to the other side of Milan.
His final appearance of the season came as a half-time substitute against Siena, when he replaced M’Baye Niang in their 2-1 win.
On Thursday, a statement from Milan explained the procedure, and insisted that the player’s recovery was under way.
It read: “AC Milan announces that today Giampaolo Pazzini has undergone surgery on his right knee. The operation, performed in Namur, Belgium, by the team of Prof. Martens, was perfectly successful.
“Recovery times are estimated at between four and six months, unless there are complications.”