AC Milan are eagerly awaiting the return of Simon Kjaer from the ligament injury he sustained late last year, and his recovery will influence the market.
It was back on December 1 that Kjaer suffered a serious injury that forced him to undergo surgery to reconstruct his anterior cruciate ligament and it involved the re-insertion of the medial collateral ligament.
MilanNews recall how no player was signed to cover for his absence during the January window but Pierre Kalulu has stepped up to fill the void, forming an effective partnership with Fikayo Tomori.
During an interview with Ekstra Bladet, Kjaer revealed that his recovery is going well: “I am where I need to be with my knee. Rehabilitation is going well. I am very happy and positive for the progress. Getting back on the grass at Milanello is always a good feeling.
“Soon I will enter the phase where the knee will allow me to do everything and then I can really grow physically. I do not doubt for a second that I will come back even stronger.”
There is a lot of trust and optimism that the Dane will get back onto the field and get back to 100%, but Kjaer’s condition will also be crucial to determine whether the strategies on the market will change.
The mission will still be to sign a new central defender and Sven Botman of Lille is the main target, with the hope being that Tomori, Botman, Kjaer and Kalulu will be the four to build around for the future.