Serie A - El Shaarawy out for 10 weeks

AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy is expected to be out of action for about 10 weeks after undergoing foot surgery on Saturday, the Serie A club said.

The Italy international had just returned at the end of November after being sidelined for three months with a thigh injury and then a microfracture to his foot.

Specialists have now advised surgery to stabilise the fourth metatarsal in the right foot, taking some of the pressure off the area with the stress fracture.

Professor Niek Van Dijk performed the surgery and estimates a recovery period of up to 10 weeks, which would see El Shaarawy out of action until mid-March - putting his place in Italy’s 2014 World Cup squad in doubt.

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