CorSera: How and why a calf tweak became five months out for Maignan

By Oliver Fisher -

Mike Maignan has recovered from his calf problem but there is no desire on the part of the medical staff to rush his recovery, a report claims.

The French goalkeeper hasn’t played an official match since mid-September, and this morning’s edition of Corriere della Sera (via reports that neither the player nor the staff will commit to a definite return date for two reasons.

The first is that for five months Maignan has not jumped or leapt, which are of course fundamental elements for goalkeeper training. The second is that nobody can absolutely guarantee that the ‘scar’ left on his calf will not cause further problems when he ups his workload.

Many have asked how a simple calf tweak has become such a long-term issue, but the paper stats that it is not the fault of Milan’s medical staff or even that of the French national team as some speculation.

The truth is that Maignan – in order to speed up his recovery ahead of the World Cup on Qatar – relied on a physiotherapist who is renowned as a ‘muscle wizard’. However, instead of speeding up the solution to the problem, he only hindered his recovery.

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  1. Maignan fu**Ed us up, cause France national team, and to play in the world Cup, where they lost on the worst possible way – in finals….

    1. Once again, the genius speaks. Horrible loss in a WC final in penalties. Much better to crash out out in the the group stages. Actually, better to not even qualify for the WC at all.

  2. He is a professional who wanted to have an opportunity to represent his country in the biggest tournament.

    Milan are champions of Italy and didn’t have a reliable backup goal keeper.

    Clubs fault, not player

    1. Can’t blame him for wanting to make the WC, where he should have been playing over Lloris if Deschamps didn’t have such a crush on ol’ Hugo. That Milan don’t have a suitable backup keeper isn’t his fault.

  3. He did it in good faith of course. Who wouldn’t take the chance to play the world cup when they ate in their prime. He isn’t the first nor last player to try to speed up recovery by some miracle technique. It’s just sucks so much for the team. And I can’t believe they didn’t bring in Sportiello for a low fee or gind someone on loan. Maybe they had already given up the season and didn’t want to waste money…

  4. we have no goalkeeper that why the defence not playing well he doesnt know the game talk to the players on the field

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