With Mattia Caldara nearing a return following a long-term absence, the vision for AC Milan’s defence has reportedly become clear.
Caldara sustained the injury back on April 24th in the Coppa Italia against Lazio, rupturing the cruciate ligament of his left knee.
However, the former Juventus man has been hard at work recovering and his return is getting ever closer.
According to a report from Calciomercato.com, Caldara will be back in action in October at the earliest, however that will only be training at Milanello as the medical staff want to be cautious.
This is part of the reason that the Rossoneri decided to reject a loan offer from Pescara for Matteo Gabbia earlier in the week, as he may have a part to play this season.
The idea is to keep the teenager as a fifth defender to provide cover in case of other injuries, as well as assisting the patience required with Caldara;s recover.
Leo Duarte has arrived from Flamengo this summer, but with Cristian Zapata leaving it has simply balanced the numbers available to Marco Giampaolo.
Paolo Maldini has no doubt about Caldara’s future though: once fully fit he will be captain Alessio Romangoli’s defensive partner, but for now Milan are in no hurry.