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De Ligt set to be out of action until November?

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Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt is not expected back on the field until November after he confirmed the need for shoulder surgery.

De Ligt could miss the early stages of the 2020/21 season for Juventus after confirming he will go for surgery.

The 20-year-old has been struggling with shoulder injuries since November and has managed to remain in action with it.

After Juve’s 3-3 draw with Atalanta last month, it was reported that De Ligt was in so much pain after that game and was close to opting for surgery.

However, he decided to keep that decision on hold as Juventus still had Serie A and Champions League games ahead of them at the time.

Now that Juve’s season is over after their Champions League exit, De Ligt confirmed he was ready to have surgery on his shoulder.

“Now I need to have that shoulder surgery,” De Ligt told Sky Sport Italia after the loss to Lyon.

“It’s something that has to be done, that is going to be my focus now. Obviously, I’m disappointed that we didn’t get through to the next round, but I think that I need some time to recuperate now.”

According to Tuttosport, this type of surgery will keep De Ligt out of action for approximately two-to-three months.

The Italian outlet now claims that a return date for November is the likely period the Dutchman is expected to return.

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.