In case there were any doubts about just how important Simon Kjaer is to AC Milan, some stats have emerged that show it perfectly.
Milan have been without Kjaer since he pulled up with an injury while Celtic were on the attack during the opening stages of the 4-2 win earlier this month.
While it seems that the Dane is finally closing in on a return, the team have felt his absence pretty heavily at the back, as they have won just one of their last three Serie A games, drawing their last two games 2-2 against Parma and Genoa.
Some stats have emerged from Sky which document just how vital Kjaer is to Pioli’s rearguard, as since the lockdown earlier in the year Milan have played 20 games with him in the team, conceding 18 goals conceded at an average of 0.9 per game.
Without Kjaer, it is a different story: 4 games, 7 goals conceded, and an average of 1.75 goals per game conceded.
#ACMilan’s results post-lockdown:
➤ With Kjaer: 20 games, 18 goals conceded, average goals per game conceded 0.9.
➤ Without Kjaer: 4 games, 7 goals conceded, average goals per game conceded 1.75.
— MilanData📊 (@acmilandata) December 17, 2020