Dutch international Kevin Hofland has been ruled out until the New Year after having cartilage removed from his right ankle.

The PSV Eindhoven stopper first felt the injury in September whilst playing against Arsenal in the first phase of the Champion’s League.

He made a comeback in October, but still felt discomfort in his ankle. He underwent surgery at the St. Anna Hospitalin Geldorp on Tuesday to cure the problem.

Along with club and international team-mate Mark van Bommel, the centre-back will now remain on the sidelines until after the New Year and the Eredivisie winter-break.

Hofland has attracted attention from the likes of Manchester United and Lazio following recent performances for PSV and the Dutch national side.