Initial reports said he might require to retire but he is anticipated back in 9 months

Barcelona defender Moussa Wague will be out a minimum of 9 months after a major knee injury.

Wague is on loan at Greek side PAOK in his second momentary spell far from Barcelona in 2 years, after investing last campaign with Nice.

He suffered the injury by unintentionally slamming into the post while attempting to make a clearance in a regional derby against Aris.

Barcelona full-back Moussa Wague suffered a serious knee injury on loan at Greek side PAOK

Wague, playing in a local derby against Aris, tried to clear the ball but smashed into the post

Preliminary reports suggested he might need to retire, but Barcelona anticipate him back in 9 months

And the Spanish giants have actually contradicted immediate reports saying he may be forced to retire from football completely.

A Barcelona club declaration said: ‘Moussa Wagué has actually effectively gone through an operation this Saturday morning to repair and rebuild patellar ligament in his ideal knee.

‘ The operation was performed by Dr Ramon Cugat under guidance of the FC Barcelona medical group.

‘ The Senegalese footballer has likewise ruptured posterior cruciate ligaments and has gone through conservative treatment.

Wague, 22, is on his 2nd spell far from Barcelona after his loan to Nice last project

The 19-cap Senegal international (leading) signed for the club after a remarkable 2018 World Cup

‘ He will run out action for an approximated nine months, and will stay in Barcelona for the recovery period.’

The 22-year-old full-back has actually currently been capped 19 times by Senegal, and signed for Barcelona from Belgian side Eupen after impressing in the 2018 World Cup.

The news will come as a further blow to under-fire Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman, whose side are presently lying in 5th in the LaLiga table.

The Catalan club travel to relegation-threatened Valladolid on Tuesday night.