Castillejo on recovery from injury, Pioli’s dinner treat and Ibrahimovic’s potential return

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan winger Samu Castillejo has revealed that he is fit and ready for Sunday’s trip to face Parma.

Castillejo sustained a muscle injury earlier this month as the Rossoneri lost 2-1 to Lazio at San Siro, in what was their first home league defeat to the Aquile since 1989.

The Spaniard was forced off just after the half hour mark having been bright up until that moment, and he left the field in tears clearly assuming that serious damage had been done.

However, MilanNews.it’s Anto Vitiello, Castillejo underwent an MRI which confirmed a lesion to the femoral bicep muscle of his left thigh, which essentially meant he would miss about three weeks.

Now, Castillejo has spoken to the microphones of SportMediaset about his recovery and missing the games against Juventus and Napoli.

“I feel very good, on Tuesday I had my first training with the group, I am ready for Sunday’s game,” he said (via MilanNews.it).

“I prefer the team to win rather than to score goals, especially in this moment where we deserve a victory so much.”

The AC Milan squad were treated to dinner on Wednesday night at a restaurant in the centre of Milano, paid for by head coach Stefano Pioli.

“The coach offered. It helps the environment, for us to become an even stronger group, an even more united family. These things are needed.

“We have veteran players who are listened to when they speak, they are experienced players. We must remain united and give even more. It is the only way to leave this moment.”

On the idea of a return for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Castillejo concluded: “He is very strong, he has shown throughout his career the footballer he is.

“I don’t know if he will arrive but he is a very very strong player.”

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