Malaga keeper Sergio Asenjo will require surgery on a right knee injury he picked up during a weekend league match and will miss the rest of the season, the Spanish club said Monday.
Medical tests carried out on the 21-year-old confirmed a tear on the ligament of his right knee and he will undergo surgery later this week, it said in a statement. "The recovery period is estimated at some six to eight months," the club said.
Asenjo was carried off the pitch after just eight minutes of his side's goalless draw against Sevilla on Sunday after his right boot got caught in the turf of the pitch at Sevilla's Sanchez Pizjuan stadium. The Spain Under-21 international was replaced by substitute keeper Francesc Arnau.
Asenjo joined Malaga on loan from Atletico Madrid at the start of January. He tore ligament on his right knee midway through last season and only returned to full fitness with the current campaign underway.