Milan defender Zapata facing ankle surgery

AC Milan has suffered a blow with the news Cristian Zapata needs surgery on his ankle.

Cristian Zapata is set for surgery on an ankle injury he suffered during the Copa America Centenario.

The AC Milan defender played in all six of Colombia’s games at the Copa America last month as it reached the semifinals before being knocked out by Chile.

In a statement, the Serie A side said: “AC Milan announces that, in the course of the Copa America, Cristian Zapata suffered a lesion to the capsular ligament in his left ankle. After a consultation with professor Niek van Dijk in Amsterdam, the player will have to undergo surgery in the coming days.”

Zapata signed for Milan on a permanent basis in 2013 after initially joining on a season-long loan from Villarreal. The center back made 21 appearances last season, scoring one goal.

The original version of this story which was published by Serie A can be viewed here.

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