Andrea Conti played nearly an hour for the Primavera on Friday, as they still lost to Chievo and continued their bad start.
The last time Conti played an official match was September 5th 2017, when he wore the colors of the Italian national team in their game against Israel.
Since then, Conti underwent two knee surgeries but the wait for him ended today (Friday) as he played from the start for the Primavera of Alessandro Lupi in their home game against Chievo’s Primavera.
Conti played in the right-back position alongside goalkeeper Matteo Soncin, center backs Alessio Brambilla and Samuele Ruggeri, and fullback Raoul Bellanova. Andrea played 58 minutes and was replaced by 17-year-old Alberto Barazzetta. The crowd gave Conti a round of applause.
“I’m happy with what I did,” the 24-year-old told MilanTV at the end of the match. “Certainly I’m not 100% but I needed this match to recover my condition a bit. I thank the guys of the Primavera and Mr. Lupi, they made me feel at ease already from the training session of yesterday.
“My condition? I feel pretty good, it went quite well on the pitch. I’ll go to Milanello tomorrow and I’ll be at Gattuso’s disposal, he’ll decide what I’ll need to do. From the first moments after I got injured, I felt the closeness of everyone, from the staff to the fans. They’ve always been close to me even though I hardly ever played with them. I thank them, I hope to repay their trust as soon as possible.
“There has always been support from the team towards me, many of my teammates wrote to me before the game. The team’s support and proximity has given me the strength to overcome the difficult moment, I thank them and I hope to soon return to playing with them.
“The defeat? The match didn’t go in the best way, we got out a bit more in the second half but in the first half we suffered, they took us a bit by surprise and it shouldn’t have to happen, the guys need to start again from the second half and get a result next time.
“Udinese? The trip to Udine will not be easy, the crowd there is a bit hostile but we are Milan and we must always aim for the maximum. We’re coming off two major wins, we are in the Champions League zone and morale is high, we want the three points.
The presence of Conti didn’t stop the Primavera from recording yet another defeat as they lost 2-0. Milan are currently in 10th place (out of 16 teams) with just 7 points after as many games.
Goals: Rovaglia (18′), Rabbas (31′ pk).
AC Milan Primavera (4-3-3) – Alessandro Lupi
Matteo Soncin; Andrea Conti (58′ Alberto Barazzetta), Alessio Brambilla (81′ Antonio Mionic), Samuele Ruggeri, Raoul Bellanova; Siaka Haidara (46′ Nicola Torchio), Marco Romano Frigerio, Alessandro Sala (75′ Giacomo Olzer); Gabriele Capanni, Frank Tsadjout, Riccardo Tonin (58′ Daniel Maldini).
Unused: Zanellato, Guarneri, Basani, Culotta, Martinbianco, Sanchez, Vigolo.
AC Chievo Verona Primavera (4-3-3) – Davide Mandelli
Elia Caprile; Daniel Pavlev, Mattia Soragna, Thadèe Kaleba, Angelo Ndrecka (88′ Elimelech Enyan); Mohamed Rabbas (32′ Emanuele Zuelli), Karamoko Ibrahim, Massimo Bertagnoli; Emanuel Vignato, Pietro Rovaglia (75′ Daniel Liberal), Musa Juwara.
Unused: Bragantini, Raffa, Amoo Richard, Corti, Metlika, Tuzzo, Amici, Moreira Bedendo, Rossi.
Referee: Andrea Colombo.