Back in mid November, Milan lost sentinel Alessio Romagnoli to injury while he was training with the Azzurri. The Captain was replaced by Acerbi in the national squad; then sent back to the San Siro where it was determined his muscle spasms would keep him sidelined for a month.
Luckily for the Red Devils, Alessio’s recovery has gone well and is wrapping up it’s time. Our centre-back won’t be ready in time for our Europa League clash against Olympiacos, but he should be suited up by the weekend to face Bologna.
The luck doesn’t end there! As Romagnoli isn’t the only defender returning promptly. Mateo Musacchio is on the verge of being match-ready sooner than expected. The Argentine just completed his first full day of training since his ligament rupture against Real Betis. As a result, Musacchio might be able to suit up against the greeks here soon.
Losing both preferred center-backs delivered a punch in the gut to both the squad and the fans. With Caldara injured earlier in the year, everything has ended up depending on our backups. Including seasoned rossonero, Christian Zapata.
Lord Zapata has stepped up beyond the call of duty in the absence of our starters. The Colombian is a sort of fan favorite. Not only because of his 96th minute equalizer in the Derby last year, but because of his ability to get the job done.
While calling Zapata a perfect defender would be quite the overstatement, his hard work is noticed by all. With the return of both Romagnoli and Mussaccio impending, Milan are gaining some luck at the most crucial time so far this season.
The defensive pair’s impact will be of great assistance in Milan’s war to maintain a Champions League Spot in the league, and progress farther in Europe.