Karim Ait-Fana is facing up to a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee injury

Karim Ait-Fana: Expected to be sidelined for up to six months

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Montpellier midfielder Karim Ait-Fana could be sidelined for up to six months after suffering cruciate ligament damage.

The 23-year-old picked up the injury in training last week.

Medical examinations have now revealed the full extent of the problem, with it possible that Ait-Fana will not play again this season.

"The verdict after the medical tests is that I have ruptured my anterior cruciate ligament, and I will be out for six months," Ait-Fana posted on his personal Twitter account.

This is not the first time that the Morocco international has taken in a lengthy spell on the sidelines, with an ankle complaint keeping him out for five months last season.

He missed a large chunk of Montpellier's title-winning campaign in 2011/12 as a result and will be unable to help them in their efforts to recover from a slow start this time around.

Ait-Fana is expected to be sent for surgery at the earliest possible opportunity, offering him a greater chance of returning to action before the season is out.