Aston Villa winger Bertrand Traore has reportedly undergone surgery on a groin issue.
The Burkina Faso international missed his country’s friendly against Morocco on Saturday after playing in a game against the Ivory Coast earlier this month.
Foot Mercato report that Traore was permitted to leave Burkina Faso’s setup to undergo the operation in Manchester on Monday.
It has been described in the French press as a ‘minor intervention’ to deal with pain he has been feeling since January.
The player will have to rest for a week and can then return to Villa in two weeks for pre-season.
Traore scored eight times and registered seven assists in his debut campaign for Villa last season upon arriving from Olympique Lyon.
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In his first season in the Premier League since departing Chelsea for France in 2017 Traore impressed as he got to grips with English football once again.
Traore ended the campaign in fine form, scoring an exquisite goal in the final-day defeat of Chelsea while setting up a goal in the same game and the one before against Tottenham Hotspur.
Traore will have competition for his place next season after the club-record arrival of Emiliano Buendia from Norwich City and Villa are likely to want to recruit another winger with Trezeguet sidelined for an extended period because of a serious knee injury suffered in April.
Speaking in January, Smith praised the impact of Traore with the player adding quality to the wings after relegation was avoided last season.
“Bert is making a really good contribution to the team,” Smith said. “We brought him in for the quality he has got and it always takes a while to settle when you have come from abroad, but he has done so really quickly.
“He is getting the rewards for the work he puts in. I always knew he had quality but it is the work-rate without the ball which has really impressed me.”
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