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AC Milan defender Simon Kjaer out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery

Danish centre-back Simon Kjaer underwent an operation to repair damaged ligaments in his left knee and is expected to be out for at least six months.

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AC Milan defender Simon Kjaer out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery
MASSIMO PINCA REUTERS

AC Milan were dealt a major setback on Friday after medical tests revealed that Danish centre-back Simon Kjaer will be out for at least six months after undergoing surgery on his left knee. Kjaer, who has played 14 games in all competitions so far this season, sustained the injury in Wednesday's 3-0 Serie A win over Genoa.

Milan issue statement on Kjaer injury

Milan confirmed that the 32-year-old had arthroscopic surgery on Friday to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and re-insert the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his left knee. "Kjaer is doing well and is eager to begin the rehabilitation process immediately. He is expected to be out for six months," the club said in a statement.

Earlier, Milan coach Stefano Pioli said the club could dip into the January transfer market if Kjaer's injury was as serious as feared.

Milan are second in Serie A, one point behind Napoli after 15 matches, and host bottom side Salernitana on Saturday.