Shanghai Port defender Zhang undergoes surgery on left knee

Shanghai Port veteran defender Zhang Linpeng has received an operation to treat a left knee injury.

The 33-year-old defender posted a picture on social media on Friday showing him lying in bed at a hospital.

“A load on my mind is finally gone. No need to take painkillers anymore before training or matches,” he wrote.

“The operation was very successful. I look forward to returning to the pitch as soon as possible,” he added.

Zhang injured his left knee ligament in a training in early July and has since been sidelined.