Cillessen has surgery on ruptured thigh, out for four months

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Real Madrid v Valencia - Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium, Madrid, Spain - June 18, 2020 Valencia's Jasper Cillessen during the warm up before the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Sergio Perez

(Reuters) - Valencia and Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has undergone surgery on a ruptured thigh muscle, the La Liga club said on Thursday.

Valencia’s statement said the operation was a success and the keeper, 31, would remain in hospital until Friday.

The club did not state for how long he would be out but Spanish media reports said he would be on the sidelines for four months, meaning he is likely to make it back in time to play for his country in the rescheduled European Championship.

Former Ajax Amsterdam and Barcelona keeper Cillessen, who has been second choice behind Jaume Domenech this campaign for Valencia, sustained the injury in last Friday’s training session.

Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Toby Davis