CM: Milan could soon welcome back talisman Calhanoglu – the latest on his status

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan could be able to count on Hakan Calhanoglu for the weekend’s game against Bologna, according to a report.

As Calciomercato.com states, the numbers tend to suggest that Milan struggle without their No.10. Since joining the Rossoneri in the summer of 2017, Calhanoglu has missed 14 league games, the last two because he tested positive for Covid. The results were as follows: five wins for Milan, two draws and even six defeats.

On Saturday against Atalanta, Calhanoglu was terribly missed as Pioli decided to field Soualiho Meite of Brahim Diaz – a more natural fit in the playmaker role – something which backfired massively.

When Covid is involved it is difficult to make predictions on when players might return, but the protocol is clear: asymptomatic patients can return after at least 10 days of isolation, therefore no longer 14 days and a negative test.

The symptomatic may come back after at least 10 days of isolation from the onset of symptoms, including 3 without symptoms and a negative buffer. Players, coaches and referees who continue to test positive without symptoms (long-term positives) can interrupt isolation after 21 days.

Calhanoglu’s positivity was confirmed on Sunday 17 January, so he will certainly miss the quarter-final against Inter tomorrow, but he could be backa gainst Bologna on Saturday or failing that Crotone on February 5.

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