Milan bounced back in Sunday’s match against Roma, but lost three players in the second half as Hakan Calhanoglu, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ante Rebic all subbed off due to apparent muscular injuries. The Swedish star sustained the more serious problem, as he was diagnosed with an adductor strain in the left thigh in today’s tests, Sky Sport reports. He will be re-evaluated in ten days but will most likely miss two-to-three weeks.
The Rossoneri will face Udinese, Verona, Napoli, Fiorentina in Serie A in such stretch and also play both legs of the Europa League clash with Manchester United, while the hiccup should not affect his much-discussed appearance at the Sanremo music festival.
Calhanoglu is instead dealing with an edema in the flexor muscles of the left thigh and will evaluated daily based on how the situation evolves. The publication reported that he will sit out the two matches coming up later this week. The exams of Rebic instead came back clean even though he experienced some discomfort in his hip and there is optimism he will be available Wednesday against Udinese.
Ibrahimovic will be sidelined by a muscular injury for the third time in the season. Tuttomercatoweb indicated that Milan have already played 11 tilts without their star striker, collecting 26 points, the same amount they have amassed in 13 games with him on the pitch. The offensive numbers are also comparable. Mario Mandzukic, who was not under contract when the Swedish ace first got hurt, will return from a similar problem before the teammate.