AC Milan suffer Valter Birsa blow

Valter Birsa of AC Milan celebrates scoring the first goal during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Udinese Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on October 19, 2013
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AC Milan midfielder Valter Birsa is expected be out until January after suffering a thigh injury during the club's 2-2 draw with Livorno at the weekend.

AC Milan have confirmed that midfielder Valter Birsa is expected to face a spell on the sidelines after suffering a thigh injury.

The 27-year-old had to be replaced in the first half of his team's 2-2 draw with Livorno and will miss their upcoming fixtures with Ajax, Roma and Inter Milan.

"Birsa suffered a right thigh injury in last Saturday's match with Livorno," the club confirmed in a statement.

"A recovery time will be given in the coming days."

Milan host Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Alberto Gilardino of Genoa CFC celebrates scoring the first goal during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Genoa CFC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on November 23, 2013
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