The seasons might only be three weeks old, but an injury crisis is hitting Milan, and it is hitting them hard.
Before the game against Torino on Saturday, Max Allegri was forced to pick his team from an injury plagued squad, but if he thought that was as bad as it would get, he was definitely wrong. With ten players certain to miss the game against Celtic on Wednesday, and likely to miss the game against Napoli this coming weekend, Milan are in for a tough couple of games, with an extremely thin squad.
Long term absentees Giampaolo Pazzini, Daniele Bonera and Gabriel have been joined on the injury table by eight other players. Mattia De Sciglio and Matias Silvestre are unlikely to be back until the middle of October, along with Ricky Kaka, who has told the club to suspend his wages until he is back fit, clearly showing his love and affection for Milan. This is likely to save the club €300,000 which is about £275,000.
Italian internationals Stephan El Shaarawy and Riccardo Montolivo are also on the list, with both likely to be out until the beginning of October. This will be a massive blow to Allegri, as it is virtually certain that Il Faraone and Il Capitano will miss several important matches. This means that eight players are certain to be out until October, leaving Allegri with some tough choices to make.
As if that wasn’t enough, Ignazio Abate, M’Baye Niang and Andrea Poli also add to that long injury list, albeit with minor injuries that could be resolved within a week, excluding any further complications. The problem Milan are experiencing is similar to that of the crisis faced by Inter Milan in the second half of last season, when they had twelve players missing for some games. This is quite worrying for Milan fans as they saw what this did to Inter’s season last year, and all they can hope for is that the injuries dry up, and that the players who are fit, step up into the starting eleven and keep Milan within reach of the Scudetto.