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BREAKING INJURY NEWS: Milan’s Mateo Musacchio will miss six to eight weeks with PCL injury

Defender had to be taken off the pitch on a stretcher after a collision with Franck Kessie

Real Betis v AC Milan - UEFA Europa League - Group F Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

In the post-match press conference, in a response to a question about the health of Mateo Musacchio, Gennaro Gattuso said that “He’s a South American, he’s fine.”

Turns out that Musacchio isn’t “fine,” but not for the reasons we all expected.

After appearing to be knocked unconscious against Real Betis after a collision with Franck Kessie, Musacchio had to be carted off the pitch by a stretcher, with head injury precautions taken. Replays showed that Kessie and Musacchio had clashed heads, with Musacchio hitting the gound limp and with his eyes closed.

However, AC Milan put out a statement today saying that while tests on any potential head injuries came up negative, his right knee did not fare as well.

The statement said:

AC Milan announces that, following a game clash last night during Real Betis vs AC Milan, Mateo Musacchio reported a trauma to his right knee that involved a lesion of the posterior cruciate ligament, an injury that will require 6 to 8 weeks conservative treatment. The medical examinations relevant to the concurrent head trauma have been completed with negative results.

Knee injuries are common and bad, and to be quite honest, the six to eight week recovery time seems a bit optimistic. For example, in the last week, Milan has announced that Lucas Biglia would be out for two months recovering from a calf injury, only to turn around and put out a statement during the Europa League match against Betis, that after undergoing surgery that Biglia would be out for four months. And again, a quick Google search indicates that most recovery time for PCL injuries that do not require surgery take anywhere from nine to 12 weeks to fully recover, but again, Musacchio is a professional athlete who has some of the best care in the world available to him.

This injury obviously leaves Milan thin in defense, as Alessio Romagnoli and Cristian Zapata are the only first team central defenders on the roster right now. Perhaps Tiémoué Bakayoko or Ricardo Rodriguez could provide cover until January?