Stephan El Shaarawy underwent surgery on his right foot today and Milan confirmed he’ll be out for 10 weeks.
It is a heavy blow for the Little Pharaoh, who has barely featured this season due to a series of injury problems.
He had already been out of action for a couple of months with a fractured metatarsal in his right foot and it is this injury that failed to heal effectively.
Specialists advised surgery in Portugal 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 predicted a return to the playing field in around 10 weeks.
This would mean El Shaarawy wouldn’t be back in action until mid-March, so it’s extremely unlikely he’d be considered for Italy’s 2014 World Cup squad.
Today Coach Cesare Prandelli confirmed he’ll make his selection based on fitness tests in April.