Bacca suffered a flexor strain to his right thigh against Inter, will miss the match with Empoli on Saturday

Bacca during Milan-Sassuolo at Stadio San Siro on the 2nd of October 2016. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Bacca during Milan-Sassuolo at Stadio San Siro on the 2nd of October 2016. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Carlos Bacca will miss a match for the first time since joining Milan, and Vincenzo Montella thinks of several alternatives.

The Colombian is not having a particularly good spell as it’s been 6 games since Bacca last scored a goal in the red and black jersey of Milan (his last was against Sassuolo in that crazy 4-3 win).

Bacca was given credit in the Derby della Madonnina on Sunday and while he failed to score, he assisted Suso’s second goal. He was expected to start against Empoli on Saturday too, but as he turns out – he will not be available for the game.

“Milan announces that during Sunday night’s match against Inter, Bacca suffered a flexor strain to his right thigh. The player will undergo further examination next week,” a statement on the Rossoneri’s website reads on Wednesday, confirming that the 30-year-old – for the first time since joining the club from Sevilla last summer – will be unavailable for selection, after 51 consecutive games.

According to Sky Italia, Montella is thinking about three solutions to replace Bacca. The first is the most obvious one and it’s starting Gianluca Lapadula in his place, the second option is giving a start to Luiz Adriano, while the third option is moving M’Baye Niang to the center, allowing Giacomo Bonaventura and Suso to play on the wings, with Matias Fernandez or Mario Pasalic in midfield.

Lapadula, along with Manuel Locatelli, spent the last two days with Italy coach Giampiero Ventura in the ‘stage’ for the Azzurri’s next-generation and tomorrow, when he returns to training at Milanello, it will become clearer what Montella’s choice for the delicate match with Empoli is.

Meanwhile, Alessio Romagnoli’s situation continues to be monitored and Milan hope to have the center back ready to face the squad of Giovanni Martusciello at 20:45 CET on Saturday night.

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This is like a fairy tale for Lapadula. Unleash him!


I belief all is well and i never support the idea of playing pasalic and fernandez in midfield againts any team.


the only real two options are Lapadula as first choice and Niang as 2nd adriano can come on as a sub for either two but its only common sense to start Lapadula as the center forward although i have high views of Niang once again playing in that role. Forza Milan


And i think lapadula will now bench bacca for rest of the season…


unleash lapadula,that kid is ready to play he has the zeal and would want to do well…I don’t support the idea of niang playing at the center and plsss pasilic does not deserve a place in midfield against energetic empoli ,I support the idea of Adriano coming in as a sub


Niang at the center and pasalic to fill bona’s position.

angry birds

Niang play better as a winger, so lapadula is better option.

Out of topic, belotti has new “buy out clause” 94m !! No more hope for belotti… Because its a crazy price. I was really hoping belotti would replace bacca, belotti has all requirements (strong, young, great finisher, and milaan fan) but bye bye.. Belotti..


Belotti’s €94 million buy-out clause is only effective if a foreign team is trying to buy him. Serie A teams can negotiate with Torino as if there is no buy-out clause at all.


Belotti’s “buy-out clause” as you have alighted is only meant for clubs outside of Italy. If we decide to go for him during the Summer transfer, which is most likely bcus Torino wont sell in January then we can get him for 30-40m Euros. As it stands, I have a doubt Milan will go for him cus both Montella and our new DS Mirabelli have not mentioned his name and are rather focusing on Strikers elsewhere.


Regarding Belotti, I think that Torino just play their card as hard as they can. To place 94m clause you need to pay also a salary accordingly: at least 4-5m (that’s what Higuain has getting in Napoli). They offer him 1.5m. Plus to keep this guy you need ambitions and with all due respect, Torino is not Napoli, let alone Milan. They will never reach CL and thus they won’t keep him for more that 18 months – maximum. It is just a matter of time. They know it and they are trying to sell as good as possible. Now… Read more »


Anybody can get to ucl.. Torino is doing well so don’t doubt their dreams. Epl is d most competitive league in the world yet Leicester came and stole it away from all the favourites. Play Lapadula CF, leave suso and Niang to enjoy their wing positions and Bona plays better as a midfielder from my view. Bring in Adriano/Lapadula, fernandez/Kucka and maybe Honda/suso wen d match is in a comfortable state for milan.


I think we should get this guy Sardar Azmoun from rostov, his only 21 and just look him up at youtube. Reminds me of pato without injuries


Remember your promise to phildadon to leave this blog if montella still at milan next year


I saw him play against Bayern Munich, dat guy is got potential