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Spain's Ballon d'Or winner Putellas out for up to a year after surgery

Spain and Barcelona midfielder Alexia Putellas, the current Ballon d'Or holder, will miss nearly a year of football after undergoing surgery on a ligament tear.

Spain announced last week Putellas had injured her knee during a training session in the build-up to the Women's Euros, a tournament they went into as one of the favourites.

"According to the club's medical services... Alexia Putellas has been successfully operated on Tuesday morning at the Hospital de Barcelona for the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament," Barcelona said.

"The estimated time of absence is between 10 and 12 months

Spain will hope Putellas is fit in time for the women's World Cup, which begins in July next year in Australia and New Zealand.

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