Zlatan out of four important games

Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suffered a muscle injury in the left thigh and will be reassessed in 10 days, missing four important games.

The Rossoneri forward was replaced in the 2-1 win over Roma on Sunday and the medical report revealed an injury to the left adductor.

The Swede will be re-evaluated in 10 days and is forced to sit out of some important games, including games against Udinese, Hellas Verona and Napoli, as well as the match against former club Manchester United in the Europa League.

If the check in 10 days is reassuring, it will be followed by a rehabilitation programme and the recovery time will be established.

For Hakan Calhanoglu, the tests revealed an issue with the medial flexor muscles of the left thigh.

The attacking midfielder will be out of the next match against Udinese, but will be evaluated ahead of the game against Verona.

These are the games Zlatan will definitely miss:

March 3 – Milan vs. Udinese

March 7 – Hellas Verona vs. Milan

March 11 – Manchester United vs. Milan

March 14 – Milan vs. Napoli


Bruno Peres’ birthday party sparks controversy

Bruno Peres posted pictures of his birthday party on social media. Neither he nor his friends were wearing face masks, but the player’s entourage assures they had all had swab tests before attending the party.

The Brazilian defender turns 31 today and celebrated his birthday in style in Ostia, nearby Rome.

His girlfriend and some of his friends attended the party, but none appeared to be wearing protective masks.

The Region of Lazio is in the yellow tier, which means restaurants can remain open for lunch, but not for dinner.

However, it is mandatory to wear masks, something that neither Bruno Peres nor his friend do in the videos posted by the 31-year-old on social media.

According to Il Messaggero, some Roma fans have criticised the player on Twitter and Instagram, but his agents assure all the party participants had had negative swab tests before the event.

Bruno Peres’ contract expires at the end of the season and he’s recently revealed his desire to extend his stay at the club.


Trentalange: ‘Clear penalty for Milan’

New AIA President Alfredo Trentalange confirms Milan were rightly awarded a penalty kick against Roma for a Federico Fazio foul on Davide Calabria.

“The rule is clear. The step on foot is a foul, even if it’s difficult to be spotted,” Trentalange, who was named new AIA President last week, told Radio Anch’io lo sport.

“We can discuss whether the rule is right or not, but it’s surely very clear,” he added.

Trentalange hopes women referees can be appointed for Serie A games within two years.

“We are behind, but we are getting ready. We want to support the women who are demonstrating that they are up to the task,” Trentalange said.

“They must be considered and I hope there can be an acceleration in this regard. My dream is to make it happen in two years.”

Daniele Orsato spoke to Italian TV program Novanteismo Minuto on Sunday.

“It was an important moment, now we must reflect on the future, but it’s a good start. We are not as good at communicating. We are better at refereeing, but it’s good for everyone to know the match officials better.”


Roma 1-2 Milan: Rebic seals Olimpico thriller

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HT: Milan lead Roma in thriller

Franck Kessie’s penalty has given Milan the half-time lead away to Roma, but it has been an extraordinary end-to-end game with crossbars rattled, goals disallowed and big misses.

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This was a head-to-head for the top three places, with both teams fatigued after Thursday’s Europa League exploits. With Chris Smalling, Roger Ibanez, Davide Santon, Edin Dzeko and Nicolò Zaniolo injured, plus Marash Kumbulla ready at best for the bench, it was again a makeshift Giallorossi defence. The Rossoneri missed Ismael Bennacer and Mario Mandzukic, but Stefano Pioli decided to drop Alessio Romagnoli following recent poor performances, starting Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori.

Milan started strong, Zlatan Ibrahimovic forcing a save in the opening minutes, then on the resulting corner a mad scramble eventually saw Tomori put the ball in the net after he wandered offside.

Ibrahimovic caught Pau Lopez napping on a Federico Fazio back-pass, but then tried to back-heel it into the open goal and turned wide, when Hakan Calhanoglu was waiting for the assist.

Moments later, another horrible error in the Roma back line sent Ante Rebic clear, but instead of shooting, he rolled across for Ibrahimovic, who was offside.

Rebic took the initiative instead next time, forcing Pau Lopez to fingertip it round the far post, but on 22 minutes Roma finally threatened with Jordan Veretout’s volley straight at captain Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Simon Kjaer rattled the frame of the goal with a towering header on Calhanoglu’s corner, as Pau Lopez was well beaten and the marking poor.

However, at the other end, Henrikh Mkhitaryan had a goal disallowed for Gianluca Mancini’s push as he knocked on the corner.

Veretout also wanted a foul and at least a yellow card when going down on the edge of the box under pressure from Tomori, but the referee waved play on.

Pau Lopez had his gloves stung by a Rebic rocket and Alexis Saelemaekers first-time shot from 10 yards, then Tomori and Sandro Tonali used themselves as human shields on Lorenzo Pellegrini and Mkhitaryan, as it was end-to-stuff.

Mkhitaryan should’ve scored, as he was not offside on a Rick Karsdorp assist, saw Donnarumma off his line and tried the lob, but it flashed wide.

VAR was called into action when Federico Fazio trod on Davide Calabria’s foot right on the line of the penalty area. That qualifies as part of the box, so the spot-kick was given and Franck Kessie converted.

Roma 0-1 Milan (Half-Time)

Kessie pen 43 (M)

Roma: Pau Lopez; Mancini, Cristante, Fazio; Karsdorp, Villar, Veretout, Spinazzola; Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan; Borja Mayoral

Milan: G Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Tomori, Theo Hernandez; Tonali, Kessie; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Rebic; Ibrahimovic

Ref: Guida