La Gazzetta dello Sport report this morning that French goalkeeper Mike Maignan has seen another setback delay his return from the calf injury that has kept him out of action since September, and the Milan man is now expected back at the end of the month at the earliest.
The former Lille shot-stopped had picked up the injury in France’s Nations League win over Austria at the start of the season, the issue seeing him miss the World Cup as well as the majority of the campaign so far. He could now be in line for selection in France’s March fixtures, which would see him confirmed as Hugo Lloris’ successor between the sticks.
The Rossoneri had hoped he would be back in time for the Champions League knockout tie against Tottenham Hotspur, although it now appears that he will be absent for the first leg, next week. His extended time on the sidelines could take the total number of Serie A games he has missed to 18 – a costly absence given the title holders are currently sitting in sixth place, 18 points adrift of Napoli and currently on a three-match losing streak.
GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin