Ismael Bennacer came off the bench against Frosinone yesterday and thus completed his long-awaited return. AC Milan’s main focus is now getting him back into shape, but a decision must also be made on the AFCON fairly soon.
The AFCON, Africa Cup of Nations, will take place in January and Bennacer could be called up by Algeria. If they were to go far in the tournament, Milan could be without their star midfielder until the start of February.
Speaking to Sky Italia after the 3-1 win yesterday, as cited by Francesco Nasato, Bennacer shared his thoughts on the tournament. He admitted that time is needed to fully recover, having just come back from such a serious injury.
“Africa Cup of Nations? I want to find my rhythm again, then we will see if I’m ready. I will also speak with the national coach, I’m coming off a major injury. If I’m not ready, it’s better to pick a player who is at 100%. We will see how I feel.”
Bennacer underwent surgery back in May and worked hard in the recovery phase, returning a bit earlier than expected. However, he likely doesn’t want to take too many risks at this time, with Milan holding out hope that he will remain.
The decision could influence Milan’s strategy for the January transfer window, having been linked with a few midfielders recently.