Barcelona's Henrik Larsson in Vail Colorado for Vital Knee Surgery to Save His Career

Story Updated 12/3/04 at 3:30pm MT

Larsson Surgery 'Successful' - From Goal.Com

Barcelona have reported that Henrik Larsson's operation on his injured knee has gone very well at the clinic in Colorado.

The Swedish international travelled to the United States to be treated by Doctor Richard Steadman and after the operation will follow a recovery program designed by the prestigious surgeon.

"During the operation the ligament has been reconstructed. The post-operation results have been highly satisfactory a club announcement explained.

Larsson broke the ligament during Barça's emphatic victory over Real Madrid last month and is expected to be out for the rest of the current season.

DENVER (Associated Press) - Swedish soccer star Henrik Larsson checked into a U.S. clinic in Colorado on Friday for knee surgery that could determine whether he'll ever play again.

The 33-year-old Barcelona striker underwent exploratory arthroscopy in Spain last month after getting hurt in a Nov. 20 game against Real Madrid.

The procedure revealed cartilage damage lesions and a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Larsson who moved to Barcelona over the summer after seven years at Glasgow Celtic will undergo surgery at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail Colorado which specializes in sports injuries.

Some of the athletes who've undergone treatment at the clinic include former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway ski star Picabo Street and tennis pro Monica Seles.

Dr. J. Richard Steadman will operate on Larsson.

Barcelona team officials have said Larsson would be sidelined for at least six months if he ever plays again.