Van Nistelrooy out for season

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Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy is set to miss the rest of the season after he underwent knee surgery.

The Dutchman travelled to the United States this week to see specialist Dr. Richard Steadman, who previously operated on him.

And after undergoing an exploratory arthroscopic operation to determine the extent of the problem, it has been decided the player will now need surgery.

Real said in a statement on their official website: "Following an exploratory arthroscopic operation on Wednesday, it was determined that Ruud van Nistelrooy had a partially torn meniscus in his right knee.

"Real Madrid's medical staff, Dr. Steadman and the player decided to surgically repair the damaged knee, by which he will miss between six and nine months."

The knee is the same one that Dr. Steadman operated on in 2000 when the 32-year-old suffered ligament damage while at PSV Eindhoven.

Van Nistelrooy's last appearance for Real came in last week's Champions League defeat to Juventus, but was substituted with nine minutes to play.

It is now believed that the Spanish champions will be looking at bringing in striking reinforcements when the next transfer window opens in January.

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