Portugal defender Pepe has knee surgery

Portugal defender Pepe has undergone surgery on his injured right knee, and his doctor says the Real Madrid player may recover in time for the World Cup.

Portugal defender Pepe has undergone surgery on his injured right knee, and his doctor says the Real Madrid player may recover in time for the World Cup.

The Brazilian-born Pepe had the operation Thursday in Porto, Portugal. Surgeon Jose Carlos Noronha said Pepe will remain in the hospital for two days before starting a recovery program that is expected to last for months.

Noronha said Pepe, who was a standout player in Portugal's qualifying campaign, could be fit before Portugal's opening World Cup match against Ivory Coast on June 15.

Pepe twisted his right leg while playing a Spanish league game last weekend.