FC Barcelona central defender Gabriel Milito will be out of action for around six months after tests revealed that he sustained ligament damage to his right knee.
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The Argentinian international, 27, featured in both legs of the UEFA Champions League semi-final defeat by Manchester United FC, but complained of pain in his right knee at the end of the contest at Old Trafford last Tuesday. He was subsequently left out of Barcelona's 6-0 Spanish league romp over Valencia CF on Sunday and is scheduled to have an operation next week. Milito, who has appeared in 27 Primera División matches since moving to the Camp Nou from Real Zaragoza last summer, will miss the remainder of the campaign as well as the opening stages of the 2008/09 season.