Milan have released a worrying fitness update on the injured duo Rafael Leao and Davide Calabria following a gut-wrenching 2-2 draw at Lecce. Both players failed to see the game through, with the former being forced off with a muscular problem only ten minutes into the encounter.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, further checks have identified a hamstring problem in Leao’s case. It’s uncertain whether he’ll be allowed to leave the camp for international duty next week. Milan would rather have their talismanic forward stay at the San Siro so they can monitor his recovery.
With the injury crisis going from bad to worse, the club’s unpreparedness to take risks is somewhat understandable. Milan need all hands on deck to find a way out of a dreadful spell of results in Serie A, and exposing their best player to an unnecessary danger, which is the upcoming international window, would make no sense.
On the other hand, Calabria had a decent first half but failed to emerge for the second period. It’s now clear why Stefano Pioli decided to keep the Milan captain in the locker room at halftime. The Italian right-back succumbed to left flexor fatigue, forcing the entrance of Yunus Musah, who was the main culprit for Rossoneri’s collapse at Via del Mare.
Milan have yet to figure out the potential length of the duo’s spell on the sidelines. Losing Calabria, with all due respect, wouldn’t be the end of the world. But Leao’s possible absence would be a massive hit.
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