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.
“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).