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Stevan Jovetic pays for stranger's operation

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Inter Milan's Stevan Jovetic has proven himself to be extremely generous after paying for fellow Montenegrin Milivoje Raicevic's operation.

Jovetic covered Raicevic's medical bill to help him recover from tearing his cruciate ligaments back in August - despite the fact they had not previously met.

Raicevic plays for the Montenegrin club Buducnost Podgorica. When the 22-year-old suffered the nasty injury, neither he or his club could afford to pay for the expensive surgery.

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The injury was so serious that without the proper medical treatment, his career would have been in doubt.

Luckily for Raicevic, that's when he received an unexpected yet equally pleasant phone call from the Nerazzurri star.

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"When Jovetic heard what happened and that my club doesn't have enough money to send me to Augsburg following a misdiagnosis in Montenegro, he called and offered his help," Raicevic revealed.

"He arranged for me to meet a doctor who helped him when he had the same injury (in 2010). Jovetic covered all examination costs and also paid for surgery, which I had a few days ago in Serbia."

He added: "All I can do is say many thanks and promise to Stevan that I will be back next season, scoring goals for him," explained the grateful Montenegrin.

Raicevic is still recovering from the operation and is expected to miss the rest of the current campaign. However, by getting the proper medical care the 22-year-old's chances of recovery have increased significantly and it is highly likely he be ready to come back for the start of the next season.

It is a heart-warming story, particularly after it was revealed the pair had never spoken until that initial phone call. What makes the story even more fascinating is that Raicevic's club Buducnost Podgorica are arch-rivals to the first team Jovetic's played for - Mladost.

Jovetic is also all too familiar with this type of injury as he damaged his cruciate ligament during preseason training at Fiorentina 2010. The injury ruled the 26-year-old out for the whole year and he struggled to recover from it physically and psychologically in the next few seasons.

However, as Jovetic is nearing his peak condition now and is once again playing regularly for a major European side, it finally seems that these dark days are behind the Nerazzurri's number 10.

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