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Altintop to have back surgery

June 23, 2011

Real Madrid midfielder Hamit Altintop is set to undergo back surgery next week.

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Turkey international Altintop joined Jose Mourinho's side on a four-year deal last month from Bayern Munich, although his appearances for the German club were limited last season as he struggled for fitness.

The club announced in an official statement that the problem was diagnosed as the player was suffering discomfort and making little progress in his recovery.

In a bid to address the problem the Germany-born player will have an operation next Monday in Germany.