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The Senegal international went under the knife in France on Wednesday following a knee ligament injury that recently cut short his season and the surgery went well

Olympique de Marseille defender Souleymane Diawara underwent successful right knee surgery on Wednesday following an injury he sustained in March during his side’s 1-1 draw against Nice in the 29th round of the Ligue 1, the club said on its official website.

The 33-year-old Senegal international will undergo a six-month rehabilitation, which will keep him off the pitch for the rest of the season and the upcoming qualifiers for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) and the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

Senegal's national team has been hit by injuries off late. Stade Rennais captain Kader Mangane has been laid off after a recent operation.

Pape M'Bow of Belgian club R.A.E.C. Mons also underwent surgery for a groin problem last month and is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The Teranga Lions' new coach will be announced next week, according to the FA boss Augustin Senghor.