With the restart of Serie A confirmed and just a matter of weeks before the season resumes, Milan have been hit with multiple injury concerns.
Stefano Pioli will firstly be preparing the squad for the Coppa Italia semi-final second leg against Juventus, while the schedule has now been released for the remaining Serie A games.
Milan face playing every three days in July, and so keeping everyone fit and having enough quality and depth will be absolutely crucial in the coming weeks to ensure we remain competitive.
However, it seemingly hasn’t gotten off to a great start, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic the first to go down with an injury problem during training last week.
As per MilanNews, the 38-year-old is expected back in Milan on Wednesday after being given permission to fly back to Sweden, with further tests set to be carried out on his injured calf to determine how long he might be sidelined for.
Calciomercato add that the veteran’s aim is to return against Roma on June 28, but naturally the Milan medical staff will have a significant say in whether or not that’s a viable target.
MilanNews noted on Monday that the 26-year-old was struggling with fatigue after returning to training and that if his condition doesn’t improve in the coming days, he might not start against Juventus.
It’s not what Pioli needs and it’s a disappointing update on the Italian right-back given he has worked so hard to get back from his previous serious injury problems.
While it’s hoped that he can improve his fitness levels and shake off any tiredness in the next week or so, Davide Calabria will be on stand-by to start in his place against Juve.
It seems as though the Brazilian is another who can’t catch a break from injury woes, as Sky Sport Italia note that he sustained a muscle problem in training on Tuesday and subject to further tests, he is expected to now be sidelined for between three to four weeks.
Having suffered a setback in November after picking up an ankle issue, the centre-half would have been hoping to get himself back into contention after working hard during the lockdown to get himself fit and knocking on the door.
However, it appears as though he’ll be in the treatment room in the coming weeks if the initial reports are accurate, and coupled with the setbacks for Ibrahimovic and Conti, it raises concern over how the Milan squad will fare in general in the coming weeks as they come out of the lockdown and are thrown back into competitive action.