La Liga star to miss start of season

Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro is set to miss the start of La Liga after undergoing surgery to eradicate an ongoing groin problem.

The 30-year-old has reportedly carried the injury for several months and is now expected to be unavailable for first-team action for up to two months.

La Liga is set to get underway on 11August and doctors believe that while Gameiro will not be able to run for two weeks, it will be six weeks before he can properly train with a football.

Gameiro netted 16 goals for Atletico in 46 appearances in all competitions last season, following his transfer from Sevilla last August.