AC Milan’s last meeting with Udinese was definitely not a lucky one. The Rossoneri suffered their third straight loss (Napoli, Juventus and Udinese) and got back to Milan with two of their most important players injured.
Giacomo Bonaventura had to leave the game during the second half of Sunday afternoon match against Udinese due to an injury to his left adductor. The situation didn’t look good at first sight and it was confirmed by the exams he underwent on Monday. In effect, Jack will be out at least for months due to a lesion to the tendon of his left adductor which requires surgery, meaning that the player could miss the remainder of the season.
Fortunately, the situation regarding Mattia De Sciglio might be a bit better than Jack’s, even if it could have been worse considering the aggressiveness of De Paul’s tackle on him. Milan’s left back has a ligament damage to his right ankle and was spotted on crutches while entering the hospital for the first exams on Monday morning. His recovery time will be evaluated after further exams in the next few weeks, but it’s likely to be less than Jack’s four months.
At this point, Vincenzo Montella needs to find the right players to replace the huge holes left by Bonaventura and De Sciglio in the lineup in order to snap Milan’s losing streak. Luca Antonelli is a valuable option to take the starting role as left back, while it will be tougher to find someone to take Bonaventura’s place in the system. The most reasonable option seems to be use Andrea Bertolacci at midfield together with Manuel Locatelli and Juraj Kucka, while putting the new arrivals Lucas Ocampos or even Gerard Deulofeu as left wing.
As we’ve seen, Montella has a lot of options to fix the lineup waiting for the recovery of both De Sciglio and Bonaventura, but it won’t be easy to replace two of the most important pieces of this team.
Get well soon Mattia and Jack!