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Injury Update: Rodriguez fit, but newly sidelined Nikola Kalinic and others unavailable for SPAL

Medical Update, 8th February

Ecco il bollettino medico settimanale del dottor Stefano Mazzoni Here is our team doctor's fitness update on the injured Rossoneri

Posted by A.C. Milan on Thursday, February 8, 2018

Well, that removes one piece from the ‘who will start at forward’ for Gennaro Gattuso and AC Milan puzzle. Heading into the matchup against SPAL this weekend, it was any Rossonero’s guess which striker would get the nod. However, Nikola Kalinic seems to have made that decision a bit easier. While not serious, this abductor strain will keep the 30 year old Croatian sidelined. To be fair, not many fans will be disappointed to see Nikola out of the team selection. Let’s not forget, with only four goals on the season, he hasn’t found the back of the net since December 3rd.

That leaves us with one, agonizing question: Andre Silva or Patrick Cutrone?

With Rino, we may not know until minutes prior. Part of me would love to see Silva given another shot. With all the rumors of Wolverhampton circling should they be promoted to the Premier League, I want to see the quality we might be giving away. On the other hand, we always hear about the potential Cutrone brings to the table, and perhaps it’s’ time to give the kid a chance.

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The good news is Ricardo Rodriguez is back in action and should be selected in the starting XI. After the mishap by Davide Calabria against Udinese, it’s a much welcomed return.

Milan team doctor Stefano Mazzoni gave MilanTV his weekly update:

“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, 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.”