Having a regular preseason should help AC Milan after their dire injury ordeal of last season, according to a report.
Today’s edition of Tuttosport (via PianetaMilan) writes that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ismaël Bennacer were among the Milan players most affected by injuries in the 2020-21 season, in particular muscle problems that meant Stefano Pioli was without key men in the crucial months of January, February and March of the new year.
After the second half of the 2019-20 season which was crammed in post-lockdown, Milan did not have anything close to a full preseason before the last campaign and therefore the athletic preparation was not right for what is a very demanding style under Pioli.
Ibrahimovic got injured in November 2020 against Napoli and then again on the eve of Milan-Lazio in December, while Bennacer suffered repeated injuries including hamstring injuries and relapses.
The medical staff are working at Milanello with the aim of understanding the causes of the issues preventing this problem from recurring also in the 2021-22 season. The fact that the team will have essentially six weeks of preparation before the first game is big, and should reduce risks and strain with regards to muscle problems.