It has been confirmed that AC Milan forward Antonio Cassano will undergo minor heart surgery on Friday.
The Serie A giants revealed on Wednesday that the Italy international required an operation after suffering an ischaemic stroke.
Cassano fell ill over the weekend and was rushed to hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Medical tests have identified the problem and it is expected that the 29-year-old will be ready to continue his career in 2012.
He is due to be operated on by renowned surgeon Dr Mario Carminati, a man considered to among the best in the business when it comes to cardiac procedures.
Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani expects Cassano to make a full recovery and has suggested that he could be playing again in four to five months.
The Rossoneri will be taking no chances, though, and have made it clear that the former Roma, Real Madrid and Sampdoria striker will require consent from the Italian Football Federation before being considered for a recall.