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Saint-Etienne suffer injury blow as Khazri undergoes hand surgery

14:25 GMT+3 26/11/2019
Wahbi Khazri Saint-Etienne Marseille Ligue 1 16012018
The Tunisia captain had an operation to treat his hand and will miss the Greens’ next six games across all competitions

Saint-Etienne forward Wahbi Khazri is expected to be out of action for at least three weeks after undergoing hand surgery.

The 28-year-old fractured the fourth metatarsal in his right hand while in action for Tunisia in their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Equatorial Guinea last Tuesday, which ended 1-0 in favour of the Carthage Eagles.

According to the Ligue 1 website, Khazri went under the knife on Friday and he will be on the sidelines for the next three weeks, missing Saint-Etienne's last two Uefa Europa League Group I games and next four Ligue 1 matches.

The Tunisia international, who ended 2018-19 season as the club's top scorer with 14 goals across all competitions, has scored just a goal in 12 French top-flight games and also notched two goals in the Europa League this campaign.

In his absence, Gabon’s Denis Bouanga, who has scored five goals in the Ligue 1 this season, might lead the frontline for Claude Puel’s side as they aim to extend their 10-game unbeaten run in all competitions when they host Gent on Thursday.