Broken metatarsal rules El Shaarawy out for at least six weeks

A broken foot will see Milan's Stephan El Shaarawy ruled out for at least six weeks, it has been confirmed.

Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy is facing at least six weeks on the sidelines after suffering a broken metatarsal.

The Italy international picked up the injury during Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Lazio and will now wear a foot support for six weeks after visiting a specialist on Monday.

After that period, El Shaarawy will undergo further tests to determine when he can return to first-team action.

A Milan statement on Monday read: "Stephan El Shaarawy underwent medical tests and a specialist visit with professor Niek Van Dijk in Amsterdam.

"The player, right at the end of the match against Lazio on Saturday evening, sustained a fracture at the base of his fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot following a challenge.

"The therapy that has been established is that of conservative treatment. For around six weeks, El Shaarawy will wear a foot support and following that he will undergo further medical tests and have another check-up with professor Van Dijk before a return to physical activity."

El Shaarawy missed most of last season with a separate foot injury and had made 15 Serie A appearances this term.