Stefano Pioli and the AC Milan staff are waiting with baited breath after Sandro Tonali hobbled off during the 6-1 friendly win over Vicenza.
There was a moment of worry early in the second half as Tonali pulled up and then limped off straight down the tunnel with what was clearly a muscle problem.
As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, it seems obvious from the nature of the injury that Tonali will miss the first league match against Udinese at San Siro a week from now, or at the very least it is at ‘serious risk’.
The Milan midfielder sustained a groin problem, the extent of which will be evaluated next Monday through the usual examinations. Pioli obviously hopes that it is a simple over stretching, but there is the risk that it could also be a tear of some sort.
The tactical solutions that Pioli would turn to remain to be seen, though the obvious options include fielding Rade Krunic alongside Ismael Bennacer in a double pivot or even Yacine Adli.