Nigel De Jong will undergo more tests next week and is also out of the Juve game. Mario Balotelli will meanwhile undergo surgery on Wednesday.
Milan face Juventus on Saturday at the stadium of the Old Lady and despite welcoming back Jack Bonaventura, who was suspended in the last game, coach Sinisa Mihajlovic will have limited options in midfield and on the bench.
Andrea Bertolacci missed the Atalanta game with a muscular issue and his situation is monitored daily by the medical staff. The player is doing physiotherapy to recover as soon as possible.
However, as reported by Milannews.it, Milan would like to avoid risking their €20m former Genoa man. Tomorrow there will be a consultation with a doctor to see if Bertolacci can be available against Juventus but at the moment it seems unlikely that he will be fit to play.
Miha has today lost another element of his squad as “Nigel de Jong has picked up an injury to his left thigh and will have to undergo further tests at the start of next week” according to a statement on the Diavolo’s website. It remains unknown for how long De Jong will be unavailable but he’ll obviously miss the next game.
The seven-time Champions League winners have also announced on Tuesday that “tomorrow Mario Balotelli will have surgery to correct a persistent groin injury in Munich, Germany. The injury has been ongoing for weeks and conservative treatment has not had the desired effect. The operation will be conducted by professor Ulrike Muschaweck.” Balotelli will not return to action before January 2016.
With Bertolacci and De Jong probably both out of the game, it’s possible that Bonaventura will be used in midfield with Niang playing up front. Another option is playing Andrea Poli.