Surgery for Afellay

Winger set for lengthy period on the sidelines after ligament injury

Afellay: Damaged knee ligaments in training and requires an operation

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Barcelona have confirmed Ibrahim Afellay will require an operation after the winger tore a ligament in his left knee during training.

It is another injury blow for the Dutchman, who had recently returned to fitness after picking up a hamstring injury in the pre-season.

The 25-year-old has played just substitute roles this season, appearing in games against AC Milan and Osasuna.

"Bad news for Josep Guardiola and FC Barcelona," the club said in a statement on Thursday night.

"Ibrahim Afellay has torn a cruciate ligament in his left knee while training this evening.

"He will require surgery and further details will be revealed tomorrow (Friday) regarding how and when."