Barcelona star Moussa Wague, 22, out for NINE months after 'shattering' knee amid fears he would be forced to retire

BARCELONA loanee Moussa Wague has been ruled out of action for at least nine months.

The 22-year-old suffered a nasty knee injury while playing for loan side PAOK Salonika.

Wague shattered his knee as he crashed into the goalpost when he tried to make a clearance.

The Senegalese star was left in a heap on the floor before he was carried off on a stretcher.

Reports immediately claimed that he could be forced to retire as a result of the injury.

But Barcelona have provided an update following his knee surgery.

Wague went under the knife on Saturday morning to repair the ligament damage.

The operation was completed by Ramon Cugat, who is known as the 'Lionel Messi of medicine'.

And the club think he will need nine months of recovery before he returns to the pitch.

A statement on the club website: "FC Barcelona player Moussa Wague, on loan this season to PAOK Salonika, has successfully undergone an operation this Saturday morning to repair and reconstruct patellar ligament in his right knee.

"The operation was performed by Dr Ramon Cugat under supervision of the FC Barcelona medical team.

"The Senegalese footballer has also ruptured posterior cruciate ligaments and has undergone conservative treatment.

"He will be out of action for an estimated nine months, and will remain in Barcelona for the recovery period."

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