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Napoli’s Milik making progress, could be available vs. Real Madrid

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Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik had a medical visit at Villa Stuart in Rome today for a progress check on his anterior-cruciate-ligament recovery, according to Calciomercato.it. Dr. Pier Paolo Mariani, Milik’s knee surgeon, issued a statement regarding Milik’s condition after the visit.

Milik tore his ACL in October while he was on international duty with Poland. After Mariani performed a successful surgery on the striker, Milik began to rehab immediately. The Polish forward has been running with the ball and participating in dribbling drills on his way back to the team.

Mariani stated after the visit that all the medical examination results were positive. He issued the following statement to the journalists present at Villa Stuart:

“Milik is fine from my point of view. The timetable drawn up two months ago has been met. The boy runs, plays with the ball and dribbles. In a month, after the next visit, we will give the green light for the resumption of competitive activity.”

Reporters asked Mariani if Milik would be able to play against Real Madrid on Feb. 15. Napoli and Real Madrid will square off in the UEFA Champions League round of 16.

“I am optimistic that he can play. But, I do not know [if he will be able to play] 90 minutes. These are considerations that belong to the coach, the athletic trainer and Napoli’s doctor, De Nicola. In a month I will give the go ahead to the resumption of competitive activity. Then again, the match against Real Madrid is still a month away: the ball will not be in my backyard.”

Mariani continued to express his optimism for Milik and the club.

“I have always worked well with Napoli. I found Milik optimistic and happy as on the first day. He is going to Poland for the Christmas holidays. We made our best wishes. De Nicola told me that they had to make him hit the brakes [from training and rehabbing so hard].”