With the return of Calabria, Florenzi and Bennacer, Milan has no more injuries. The Algerian had been the 19th different player to stop. And now alternatives abound
It is not a completely clear path because Krunic and Leao are missing from the appeal, punished by the sports judge. But there is one voice, on the eve of the away match in Florence, which puts Pioli in a particularly good mood: that of the infirmary. Hear hear, the beds are empty. Apart from the disqualified players, the Rossoneri coach will be able to count on the entire squad for tomorrow.
The news is of considerable proportions because this season – but it was like this last too – was rather massacred by injuries. Often first and foremost players got involved, just as often it was a question of concomitant problems. And more than once Pioli found himself having to defend himself from uncomfortable but inevitable questions about the resurgence of physical problems at Milanello. And he must be acknowledged that he has never hidden behind the problem. However, the wind seems to have turned. Bandages and medicines can wait for a weekend, if it is true that the coach will find in one fell swoop the last three players who were still missing: Calabria, Florenzi and Bennacer. The long-term patient is the former Roma fan, who has been out for five months (he underwent surgery on 8 September following a tendon injury). Bennacer on the other hand (hamstring) has been in the pits for a month, while Calabria (muscle problem in the hip area) has missed the last two games.
So finding himself with an empty infirmary is a sort of “baptism” for Pioli, who at certain moments of the season no longer knew which saint to devote himself to. For one player who recovered there was another who stopped. A note of merit goes to the fact that no one at Milan – from the coach to the management – has ever used absences as an alibi. But at the same time it is legitimate to wonder if Milan, without all those troubles, would now still find themselves at -18 from Naples. Most likely not. Bennacer was the nineteen player to stop, a decidedly important number also because illustrious names gradually appeared within this unfortunate platoon: obviously Ibra, who had been operated on in May, Maignan and Calabria. Long absences also for Florenzi and Saelemaekers, shorter but repeated knockouts like those of Rebic and Origi, through which Ante and Divock have so far never managed to find condition and continuity. In short, the horizon that opens up in front of Pioli and his Milan for these last three months of the season appears rosy from a medical point of view. But obviously all the incantations of the case are allowed.
March 3, 2023 (change March 3, 2023 | 1:49 pm)
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