Dario Simic has undergone surgery on his heel, but has been told he will need three months to recuperate.

The Croatia international has been struggling with the injury since Euro 2004.

Simic joined Milan from Internazionale and was a member of the team that won the UEFA Champions League title in 2003.

The 29-year-old had been tipped to leave Milan in January but his enforced absence will preclude any move until the end of the season.