Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suggested that some of AC Milan’s injury problems during the current season might be because the pitch was relaid at Milanello.
Head coach Stefano Pioli is almost used to playing with a weakened squad now given the problems that occurred last year and how it has continued into this year. As La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) reported yesterday, when counting current and past injuries, 21 out of the 29 senior Milan players have stopped at least once since the summer.
There is an interesting extract in Ibrahimovic’s new book ‘Adrenalina’ during which the Swede talks about the Achilles tendon problem which he sustained between the September matches against Lazio and Liverpool, causing him to miss an important stretch of games.
“Now that my body is more exposed to injuries, it is essential to have a personal physiotherapist who knows me well and keeps an eye on me around the clock. This is why I hired Giorgio. He has great experience, is considered one of the best, and works only for me,” he said (via MilanNews).
“He did a fantastic job to give stability to the operated knee, it no longer gives me problems and it works very well. Unfortunately, the inflammation of the tendon emerged, which is absolutely not related to the knee.
“I began to feel pain in the left tendon the week before the match with Lazio, during the match against the Primavera, but I took no notice: it will be the fault of the hard pitch, I thought. We have a new central pitch at Milanello, it’s nice but the terrain immediately seemed too hard. I thought, I just have to get used to it.
“Then, during Milan-Lazio, Bakayoko comes off the bench and, after a few minutes, gets injured. I ask him: ‘Baka, the tendon?’. He answers yes. ‘Before the game?’. He still answers yes. Me, Baka and a third player: all with sore tendons. It was the new field.”
Thankfully Ibrahimovic is now back and doing what he does best in scoring goals, but it is certainly a worry that the pitch on the training ground caused multiple problems for the team.