French veteran Ribery to undergo ankle surgery

Fiorentina's Franck Ribery, 36, had to be helped off the pitch after a clash with Lecce midfielder Panagiotis Tachtsidis on November 30.

Franck Ribery (in purple) of Fiorentina left the pitch injured during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and US Lecce in November.   -  Getty Images

French midfielder Franck Ribery will undergo surgery after suffering serious ligament damage to his right ankle, his club Fiorentina confirmed on Thursday.

Ribery, 36, had to be helped off the pitch after a clash with Lecce midfielder Panagiotis Tachtsidis on November 30.

“In order to solve the problem, a joint stabilisation surgical treatment has been proposed which will be performed in the next few hours,” Fiorentina said.

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“At the end of the procedure, the times for resuming competitive activity will be announced.”

Some Italian media said the former Bayern Munich star will be sidelined for two months.

Fiorentina is on a run of four consecutive defeats and is struggling in 13th in the league, five points above the relegation zone.

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