Maignan Struggling with Rehab, Milan Ponder Remedy

Mike Maignan hasn’t overcome his calf injury, and he’ll most likely have to miss further matches in January. The goalkeeper hasn’t gone into full training during their Dubai retreat. He’ll take additional tests to assess the situation once the team is back in Italy, SportMediaset relays.

The goalie has been unable to ramp up as the club hoped during the lengthy World Cup break. He has been out since late September and suffered a new strain, in the same area but on a different muscle, right as he was about to come back in mid-October.

Coach Stefano Pioli replied: “I don’t think so,” when quizzed about the shot-stopper’s availability for the Salernitana game on January 4th in a recent interview. The next two weeks figure to be critical for Maignan.

Milan are considering a possible solution in case he has to sit out for a longer time. They have struck a deal to onboard Marco Sportiello at the end of the season, and they could try to move up his arrival. They would have to negotiate with Atalanta to do so, though. On the other hand, La Dea could potentially replace him with Pierluigi Gollini, Sportitalia informs. He’s currently on loan at Fiorentina, where he lost the duel for the starting job with Pietro Terracciano.

Our Take on Maignan

The anticipated silver lining of the stoppage was that it would allow players to heal from injuries, but that hasn’t always been the case, as some high-profile instances like this one and Paul Pogba prove. Milan might sense that the wheels could come off for Ciprian Tatarusanu soon if they insist on getting Sportiello right away.

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