Nikola Kalinić will miss Saturday’s match with SPAL, but there is good news regarding the rest of the injured players.
Milan are going back to playing every three days and coach Rino Gattuso has stated multiple times that he needs everyone on the squad to contribute.
But as revealed by doctor Stefano Mazzoni in the regular update to MilanTV regarding the condition of the unavailable players, Rino has lost Kalinić to injury, and according to Sky Italia, the Croatian is ruled out from the match against SPAL on Saturday at 15:00 CET.
“Nikola Kalinić did not take part in today’s training session, because he has an inflammation of the adductor region, which is particularly irritating and painful, so we decided to treat him, and we will evaluate the progress during the next hours,” Mazzoni said to a reporter of the club’s TV channel. “On the other hand, Ricardo Rodriguez is fit, and he is back in full training with the squad.”
“As for the long-term injured, Conti has started to partially train with the team. As coach Gattuso said in the press conference [before the Udinese game], we need to keep in mind that these short training sessions help the player to become familiar again with the team, the physical contact and the tackles, but he still needs a significant amount of athletic work to be fully fit, which takes time.
“Gattuso said that it might take a month and we share his view. We also need to consider unforeseen events as the medical tests have already been done and they showed excellent results regarding the knee tightness. Yet, further test at MilanLab will be scheduled to evaluate also his athletic condition.
“Lastly, we have Marco Storari who suffered a lesion to the gastrocnemius muscle in his calf. We knew from the start he would be sidelined for about two months, now it’s been less than a month and a half. Marco is a great professional, he is putting a lot of effort into his rehabilitation. The test we have done have shown positive results, there have been no complications, perhaps we are even a little bit ahead of schedule, but we still need to be a little patient to see him fully recovered and training.”