LEEDS United midfielder Zan Benedicic has undergone surgery on a knee injury and will return to England to begin his rehabilitation next week.
Benedicic - on loan at Leeds from AC Milan - travelled to Belgium for a specialist operation on damaged meniscus, his agent confirmed.
The 19-year-old has been nursing the injury for almost two months and is unlikely to be fit until the second half of the season.
United signed him on a year-long loan from Milan in August but the Slovenian youngster has played only twice since moving to Elland Road.
His agent, Amir Ruznic, said: “It’s not serious but I don’t know how long he’ll be out. I think he’ll be back in Leeds next week.”
Benedicic’s career has been affected by previous knee injuries and United boss Neil Redfearn said: “He’s been between surgeons for a while. It was important to make sure he got the right treatment.
“He’s had knee injuries before and he’s only young so he needed to get the right care.”