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  Monday, 19 August, 2002, 15:38 GMT 16:38 UK
Shevchenko faces lay-off
Andriy Shevchenko
Shevchenko's absence will be a big loss to AC Milan
AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko has had an operation on damaged knee ligaments and will be out for two months, according to his club.

The Ukrainian suffered the injury in the 1-0 Champions League win over Slovan Liberec when he played the full 90 minutes.

The 25-year-old underwent surgery at a clinic in Belgium on Monday after examinations revealed damage to the external meniscus ligament.

Milan said on their official website that Shevcheko would be out for "around two months if there are no complications".

Shevchenko's absence will come as a blow to AC Milan with the forward having scored 62 goals for the Serie A club in three seasons since joining from Dynamo Kiev.

Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti had also been hoping to start the season with the front pairing of Shevchenko and Filippo Inzaghi supported by Brazilian World Cup winner Rivaldo.

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