When everyone thought he was ready to make a return, Zlatan Ibrahimovic picked up another injury. The Swede will be out until at least mid-January, meaning he will miss the big game against Juventus.
For Milan, this certainly isn’t good news as they already have many injuries to deal with. Simon Kjaer, Matteo Gabbia and Ismael Bennacer are all still out and it’s clear that Stefano Pioli is fighting a very tough battle.
In today’s edition of Gazzetta Dello Sport (via MilanNews), there was an interview with Giacomo Zanon, head of the sports traumatology department of the San Matteo Hospital in Pavia. The expert spoke about the injury in detail.
“The hemorrhagic suffusion is a very small collection of blood, which means the rupture of some fibres of the muscle tissue. So if there is bleeding, it’s not exactly a slight lesion. If there is blood it means that something is broken.
“A connection with the previous injury? There might be, but only linked to the fact that the athlete has had a period of relative inactivity. He hasn’t played or trained regularly, he had to undergo therapies.
“I would say that the most important factor is fatigue due to a tight schedule. Because playing two games a week at 39, you feel fatigued, even if he’s a great athlete. These are predisposing factors.
“Recovery? A trauma with bleeding is an important injury as we said. In addition, the soleus is the muscle that heals with the most difficulty. It’s difficult to think that the prognosis can go below four weeks,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Ante Rebic and Rafael Leao will have to step up, with the former yet to get on the scoresheet this season. Since Ibra got injured, only one attacker has scored and that is Samu Castillejo, although Milan have scored eight goals.