Monaco: Monaco and Ivory Coast international striker Lacina Traore is to have surgery on a right shin stress fracture after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations with the injury.
"He`ll be back in six to eight weeks," a club statement said of the giant 6ft 8in (2.03m) target man on Monday.
"He`ll be operated on this week after recently aggravating the injury," Monaco explained.
The 24-year-old has been carrying the fracture all season, but played in Ivory Coast`s 3-1 semi-final win over DR Congo as the Elephants clinched their first continental trophy since 1992 in Equatorial Guinea.
Troare, previously with Anji Makhachkala in Russia, and whom it was hoped could partly fill the boots of the departed Radamel Falcao.
But he suffered a hamstring injury and missed the start of the season and has since played eight games for Monaco this season and scored just one goal for them.