Swansea striker Michu is set to be out for six weeks after undergoing ankle surgery, the club have confirmed.
The Spaniard has not featured since the game against Norwich on December 15 and Swans boss Michael Laudrup revealed on Christmas Eve that he would undergo surgery in an attempt to clear up the long-standing problem.
The club have now confirmed that the procedure has been a success and Michu is expected to return to action early in the new year.
"Swans striker Michu has today undergone a successful ankle operation which will keep him out for six weeks," said a statement on www.swanseacity.net.
"Michu, who has scored six goals in 19 games this season, missed the festive fixtures with Everton, Chelsea and Aston Villa due to the injury.
"But after the operation went ahead as planned in Portugal, the 27-year-old is set to be sidelined for the next six weeks before making his return to the first team."
Michu, who has scored 28 goals for the Swans since joining from Rayo Vallecano in the summer of 2012, has been hindered by ankle and knee issues throughout the current campaign.
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