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Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been ruled out of action for two months after fracturing his cheekbone in a reserve-team outing against Middlesbrough.

The injury is just the latest blow to the 33-year-old striker who has missed much of the last two years with a serious knee problem.

“Ole will undergo an operation to reduce the fracture,” a team spokesman said. “He is likely to be out for between six and eight weeks.”

As Solskjaer’s current contract expires during the summer, there are doubts as to whether the Norwegian forward will play for the club again.

Solskjaer suffered damage to the cruciate ligament of his right knee in September 2003, shortly after scoring his 115th goal for United in a Champions League tie against Panathinaikos.

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