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Madrid striker Higuaín set for surgery

Real Madrid CF striker Gonzalo Higuaín is to undergo surgery on his slipped disc and could be out for four more months as they prepare for the UEFA Champions League knockout phase.

Gonzalo Higuaín could struggle to play again this season
Gonzalo Higuaín could struggle to play again this season ©Getty Images

Real Madrid CF could be without forward Gonzalo Higuaín for the next four months after it was announced the 23-year-old will undergo surgery on a slipped disc in the coming days.

The Argentina striker, who has scored ten goals this season including two in the UEFA Champions League, last played for José Mourinho's side during the 5-1 Liga victory at home to Bilbao's Athletic Club on 20 November. Subsequent tests have revealed the extent of Higuaín's back problem, and he undergo an operation in the United States on Tuesday.

Although no official prognosis has been revealed, reports suggest the former CA River Plate player could be out of action for around four months. That would certainly rule him out for the UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie with Olympique Lyonnais on 22 February and 16 March, as Madrid aim to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in six seasons.