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AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo has been ruled out for six weeks after suffering knee ligament damage.
The 31-year-old had been due to return to the Milan side to face Parma on Saturday after three weeks out with a hamstring injury, but he picked up the new problem in training on Friday.
A Milan statement read: "Medical tests carried out yesterday confirmed that midfielder Andrea Pirlo had suffered a second grade strain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
"The player's expected recovery time is six weeks."
Pirlo was making a return from a thigh injury when he picked up the hamstring problem against Bari.
He will now miss both legs of his side's Champions League last-16 tie against Tottenham.
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