Ghana international Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu is set for some time in the treatment room following a surgery on Wednesday.
The Udinese midfielder was forced to go under the knife after picking up an injury in pre-season training.
He consequently missed Tuesday's 2-0 friendly victory over Slovenian club ND Gorica.
"Udinese Calcio reports that Emmanuel Badu's arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on [Wednesday] performed by Professor Mariani in the Villa Stuart structure in Rome was perfectly successful," Udinese announced via their official website.
"The player will remain hospitalized 24/36 hours and will subsequently move to Udine to begin the therapeutic path with the company's healthcare staff."
The layoff will be a blow to Badu's hopes of making an impression on Udinese manager Julio Velazquez, having spent last season on loan with Turkish outfit Bursaspor.
Badu joined The Little Zebras in 2010.