Injured Trezeguet faces long lay-off

Former France striker David Trezeguet will be out for up to four months with a chronic knee injury that requires surgery, his Argentine club River Plate announced today.

Trezeguet, 35, is set to go under the knife on 15 April to cure an anterior ligament problem in his right knee and will be sidelined for between three and four months. As a result, he will miss the remainder of the Argentine Closing Championship, which concludes on 23 June.

Trezeguet, a member of the France team that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup France™ and UEFA EURO 2000, joined River at the start of last year but has been troubled by the problem since September. The veteran striker, born in France to an Argentine father, is a firm fans' favourite at River Plate. The Buenos Aires giants languished in the second tier of Argentine football when Trezeguet signed, but he helped them win an immediate promotion back to the top flight last year.