Wigan Athletic defender Antonee Robinson has revealed that his move to AC Milan collapsed on deadline day in January due to a heart irregularity.
Widespread reports emerged on the night before the final day of the window suggesting that Milan and Wigan had agreed a fee for the USA international, with left-back Ricardo Rodriguez having completed a move to PSV Eindhoven earlier in the day.
Robinson then travelled to Milano on Friday morning to complete a dream deadline day move, undergoing both his medical and physical checks before heading to the club’s Casa Milan headquarters.
However, rumours began to emerge suggesting the move had hit the rocks, and Wigan then released a statement on their official website confirming that Robinson would be staying.
Now, he has lifted the lid on exactly what the problems were with his medical that caused the delays and subsequently the collapse of the move.
“I wanted to update our supporters on my current situation as I have a number of people asking why I haven’t played since January,” he wrote in a statement on Wigan’s official website.
“During my medical for AC Milan on deadline day, an irregularity was picked up in my heart rhythm.
“Further testing was required to ensure the move could be finalised and ratified, though there was not enough time to complete this before the transfer deadline.
“Since my return to Wigan, I have been training with the team whilst being monitored and I have undergone periods of testing and treatment. I feel absolutely fine but obviously this is an issue that needs sorting before I can play again.
“Following consultation with the club’s medical staff and independent specialists, it has been decided that I will need a medical procedure later this month to address the irregularity in my heart rhythm – a procedure called an ablation.
“Thank you for your support and I hope to be back on the pitch at the DW sooner rather than later.