Hamburg's Ze Roberto to have ankle surgery

Published Nov. 26, 2009 2:29 p.m. EST

Hamburger SV midfielder Ze Roberto requires ankle surgery and will miss the team's last four games prior to the Bundesliga's winter break.

Hamburg, which has not won in its last five league games, says Ze Roberto will have surgery in Switzerland.

The 35-year-old Brazilian is the club's leading scorer this season with five goals. He damaged a ligament in his right ankle less than three weeks ago.