Milan Struck by Yet Another Massive Injury in the Back

Malick Thiaw went down with a thigh injury during the clash with Borussia Dortmund. Stefano Pioli was forced to field Rade Krunic since he ran out of healthy bodies in the back. Pierre Kalulu, Simon Kjaer, Marco Pellegrini, and Mattia Caldara are hurt as well.

Per La Gazzetta dello Sport, the German international has been diagnosed with a severe lesion of the myotendinous junction of the biceps femoris muscle in his left thigh. He’ll take more tests in a week or so and might be out till late January.

Kjaer is the only center-back who has a chance to return in short order and fill in for Thiaw. Kalulu will miss about three months due to a ruptured tendon. Pellegrino is ways away from recovering from a heel fracture.

Milan have already endured 25 injuries, 18 of which were muscular. While Pioli simply blamed the number of matches, the club is looking into the issue. Rafael Leao and Noah Okafor were the latest additions to the list.

The Rossoneri will have to go with a makeshift defense against Frosinone. Krunic could adapt to the role again. Davide Calabria is the top alternative, with Alessandro Florenzi or Yunus Musah on the flank.

If the Milan coach decided to turn to a youngster to replace Thiaw, Jan-Carlo Simic would be top of the queue. Davide Bartesaghi, who’s naturally a left-back, has also occasionally played in the middle. He has been practicing with the first team regularly this season.

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