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De Ligt ruled out for three months after shoulder surgery

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Juventus have announced that Matthijs De Ligt underwent surgery and is expected to be out of action for three months at least.

After months of postponing the apparent need for surgery, De Ligt has finally taken a vital step to sort his shoulder problems.

We reported on how the 20-year-old had struggled with shoulder problems since November and had to manage it until the end of the season.

With the current campaign coming to an end, De Ligt has finally kept to his word after recently admitting he had no choice but to opt for surgery.

The club confirmed the surgery went on fine and also released just how long he’ll be out.

“This morning, Matthijs de Ligt underwent stabilisation surgery on his right shoulder, at the UPMC Salvator Mundi clinic in Rome,” a statement on the Juventus website read on Wednesday.

“The operation, performed by Dr. Volker Mushal, assisted by doctors, Bryson Lesniak and Fabrizio Margheritini and in the presence of Juventus’ Head of Medical Department, Luca Stefanini, was a complete success.

“The estimated recovery time is approximately three months.”

With the new Serie A season set to begin on September 19, the 20-year-old could be sidelined for the first two months of the domestic campaign. 

Merih Demiral is now the likely candidate to fill in for De Ligt before his return. Giorgio Chiellini is also close to full recovery from his injury.