Montolivo breaks tibia, forced to miss World Cup


RICCARDO MONTOLIVO has broken his tibia in the match against Ireland on Saturday and he’s out of the World Cup.

Bad news for Montolivo and for the Italian national team. The Milan captain was part of the Azzurri’s starting XI in the match against the Republic of Ireland in London on Saturday evening but he had to leave the pitch after just eight minutes.

Montolivo knew the injury was serious right away, saying ‘Mi sono rotto’ which means ‘I’ve broken it’ in Italian. Monty’s concerns turned to be real as the doctors at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital determined that he’s broken his tibia.

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“Montolivo has a fracture of the tibia. I’m waiting to see the radio graphical results before assessing everything, but more or less every tibia fracture needs surgery,” Italy team doctor Enrico Castellacci told the press at the end of the match (ended 0-0). “There will be no World Cup for Montolivo, I’m so sorry for the boy. He will probably need around two months out.”

This is a devastating blow for Monty who will also miss most of Milan’s pre-season. Riccardo turned 29 in January so that might have been his last chance to play in the World Cup. The former Fiorentina man featured in Italy’s disappointing 2010 campaign and will have to watch his friends play in Brazil from his home. Alberto Aquilani, who replaced Montolivo, also got injured and his situation will be evaluated as well. Mattia De Sciglio (90 minutes) and Ignazio Abate (5 minutes) played too.

Mario Balotelli was on the bench, watching his teammates unable to score. Italy weren’t the only team in action – Holland and Nigel De Jong (played 90 minutes) took on Ghana of Sulley Muntari (unused) and Michael Essien (played 45).

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cuore ross

I feel so sorry for Montolivo missing one of the biggest tournaments of his life thanks to a stupid friendly…

So sad


Sorry Monty, I knew immediately when it happened as i watched the match live at Craven cottage just because of our Milan stars, my mood was affected and did not really enjoy the match again from the moment it happened.

Hope you come back stronger and better.



What a blow!!! Forza Montolivo!!!


damn he was on a roll


I hope he gets well soon.

Expect monto to be out for at least 8 months starting from milans first season match. Thats how milan lab works


that is exactly what worries me if they handle monty like pato and el sha he will never be back


What a blow!!! Wish Monty recovers soon and gets stronger than ever.. i think i loose a bit confidence of Italy going to win the world cup 2014


Wish Monty recovers soon and gets stronger than ever.. i think i loose a bit confidence of Italy going to win the world cup 2014 because of this


Feel sorry for Monty. Let’s think positive. Monty is inconsistent this season. He played well when he was assigned as a central defensive midfielder but he played bad when he was assigned as a Right/Left Midfielder. Probably, Italy NT can win the World Cup 2014 without the presence of Monty.


This is awful, Monto did not perform well in the national team at that time, but has since then grown for the Azzurri… this was his chance to personally redeem himself, although he has with his fine european championship. I wish him a speedy recovery, and this is the bad thing with people taking friendlies way too seriously. Forza Monto! Hope you come back stronger!

Pa ibra

Riccardo Montolivo will be out for between three and four months, reports this morning claim.

The Milan midfielder fractured his tibia in Italy’s 0-0 draw with Republic of Ireland on Saturday evening, meaning he will miss the World Cup.

And Sky Sport Italia reveal that the Rossoneri man will fly back to Linate airport at 14.00 CET before going straight to hospital to have pre-operative tests.

get well soon!


he will stay longer since the amazing milan medics will keep him out for about 5-6 months if we are LUCKY


its time for cristante to prove himself as next pirlo..


We all know that we will sign Lodi or Parolo as his “class replacement” and Cristante won’t be given playing time… I sincerely hope I’m wrong.


while im sorry for the player , i dont think it affects italys chances in the world cup, they got veratti, pirlo,marchisio , de rossi to play with and i think these guys will be better than montolivo. For Milan this might mean that cristante gets his chance, if we dont sign another cheap player, and the guys above are right, milanlab will probably make him sit out the whole season, like they did with pato and el sha. I hope he gets well soon and is ready to play again


Don’t blame the Milan lab guys, it was Allegri’s hard training program that F things up. Look how few injuries we had with Seedorf compared to the other half off the season.