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AC Milan defender ready to undergo surgery

Milan can confirm that Zapata needs ankle surgery

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Cristian Zapata will undergo surgery after injuring his ankle during the Copa America, a statement from the club has said.

In the statement, the club announced that Zapata suffered a 'capsular ligament' in his left ankle, and after consulting with Professor Niek van Dijk in Amsterdam, it was decided that the defender will need to undergo surgery in the coming days, and will have him out for up to three months.

Zapata lined up for all six matches for Colombia throughout the Copa America Centario, scoring a goal in their first match against USA, and helping lead the team to the semi-finals where they eventually lost to Chile. They went on to win their third placed match against USA, where (potentially) West Ham bound Carlos Bacca starred.

The centre-back played 21 matches for Milan last season and scored one goal, and had recently renewed his contract with the club through to 2019.