Barcelona's Mathieu faces surgery on knee injury

AFP , Wednesday 30 Mar 2016

French team player Jeremy Mathieu
French team player Jeremy Mathieu (L) leaves after injury comforted by coach Didier Deschamps. (Reuters)

Barcelona and France defender Jeremy Mathieu will undergo surgery on the knee injury he suffered playing for his country on Tuesday, the Spanish champions have confirmed.

"Tests this morning confirmed that Mathieu has a torn meniscus in his right knee," Barcelona said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The player will have an operation on Thursday by doctors Ramon Cugat and Ricard Pruna. Subsequently, the club will release a statement explaining the results of the operation."

The 32-year-old came on as a half-time substitute to win his fifth cap in France's 4-2 win against Russia at the Stade de France but hobbled off only eight minutes later.

He will miss Saturday's Clasico at home to Real Madrid and faces an anxious wait to discover whether he will play again this season, with the injury jeopardising his prospects of featuring for France at Euro 2016 in June and July.

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