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Milan’s Bonaventura reportedly set to miss up to five months after surgery

Another Milan midfielder set to miss a lot of time

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This season is turning into a nightmare for AC Milan in regards to injuries.

Milan has already lost their big-time defensive acquisition, Mattia Caldara, for almost the entire season so far, with the former Juventus and Atalanta player having only played against Dudelange in the Europa League. Milan also is without the services of Lucas Biglia, who will miss four months with a calf injury. Oh, and Mateo Musacchio is set to miss an extended period of time as well.

And on top of all of this, Croatia international and World Cup finalist Ivan Strinic, was revealed to have a heart condition before the season even started. So who’s next?

Giacomo Bonaventura will reportedly undergo surgery this week to alleviate an inflammation problem that has plagued him since preseason. This surgery will reportedly put him on a shelf for three to five months, pushing his potential return into April and almost the end of the Serie A season.

Milan have already sealed up a transfer for Flamengo’s Lucas Paqueta, but it looks like more reinforcements will be needed if this team is to survive a rather extensive injury list. Currently two of the three day one starters in midfield, Bonaventura and Biglia, are out with long-term injuries that could result in them missing almost the entire season.

Chelsea loanee Tiémoué Bakayoko has finally looked comfortable pairing with Franck Kessie in midfield, and Paqueta might be on his way, but midfield was already a position of weakness going into this season and it’s only looking like it’s gonna get worse. Leonardo needs to start making plans now to bring in a few more midfielders to get Milan not only starters, but also depth pieces as well.

The club has been linked with a number of names in the press recently, such as Celta Vigo’s Stanislav Lobotka, so perhaps some movement will happen in the January transfer window. We can only hope, as are some rather big holes to fill.