Milan relinquished a two-goal lead at Lecce as the Giallorossi executed a second-half comeback to steal a point off the Rossoneri. However, it was not just points that Milan lost, with Rafael Leao and Davide Calabria also picking up knocks that are bound to lay them off for a short period.
The Milan star was forced off the pitch at Stadio Via Del Mare after just nine minutes, and Leao is already ruled out of Portugal’s final set of UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifiers against Iceland and Liechtenstein due to a first-degree lesion of the right hamstring. The Rossoneri medical team conducted MRI scans on Sunday and assessed a lay off period of about three to four weeks for the Portuguese. (via Corriere dello Sport)
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Now set to miss Milan’s league game vs Fiorentina, Milan will hope to have Leao ready for their crucial UEFA Champions League outing against Borussia Dortmund.
Meanwhile, Calabria’s injury is less severe, with the fullback picking up an injury due to an overload on the left flexor muscle, thus prompting Stefano Pioli to replace him with Yunus Musah at half-time.
Although Calabria’s recovery time is unclear, he is unlikely to miss the games against Milan’s next two opponents. He had been called up by the Azzurri for the first since June 2022 but has been omitted from the squad due to the injury.
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Pioli and his staff will understandably use the upcoming international break to assess the club’s ongoing issues, as they head into the rest of November without Leao. Milan sit third in Serie A, eight points behind leaders and rivals Inter. The Rossoneri also sit third in their UCL Group F, one point behind PSG and two behind Dortmund, in what is certainly this season’s group of death.
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