More Injury Woes for Inter and Milan Ahead of Restart

Inter and Milan will have to deal with key absences in the upcoming weeks. Marcelo Brozovic picked up a new calf injury in practice, and he’ll miss at least a pair of fixtures. Ante Rebic sustained a thigh strain that will cost him about 20 days. Fode Ballo-Touré underwent shoulder surgery and will be sidelined for a month, the club announced.

The Croat suffered an apparent thigh problem in the World Cup semi-final. However, he returned to full practice afterward. He got hurt again Monday, and the Nerazzurri revealed he pulled the soleus muscle in his left leg.

According to Corriere della Sera, the Inter training staff hopes he’ll be available for the Supercoppa against Milan on January 18th. Brozovic missed nine games due to an adductor strain in October. Henrikh Mkhitaryan replaced him, with Hakan Calhanoglu playing as a deep-lying playmaker.

Rebic could have filled in for Olivier Giroud in Wednesday’s match versus Salernitana since Frenchman returned late from Qatar. Either the starter or Charles De Ketelaere will lead the frontline in the first match of 2023. Divock Origi is on the shelf as well. Rade Krunic and Junior Messias are questionable. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alessandro Florenzi are also out.

Milan are growing concerned with Mike Maignan’s slow recovery from multiple calf strains. Per Goal, the goalkeeper will sit out the next clash between Inter and Milan in mid-January. He’s in doubt even for the first bout with Tottenham in the Champions League’s Round of 16 on February 14th.

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