France goalkeeper Fabien Barthez will be out of action for at least two weeks after undergoing skin surgery, his club Marseille have confirmed.

“I spoke to Fabien and the operation went well,” Marseille’s new coach Philippe Troussier said in a statement on the club’s website.

“His recovery will need time but we hope he will be back soon.”

La Provence newspaper claimed on Monday that Barthez’s operation was to remove a non-malignant skin tumour.

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