AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan’s return to action will be delayed due to a new injury setback.
The French goalkeeper has been recovering from the calf injury he picked up during the international break last month.
He was in contention to return for the Serie A fixture against Monza this weekend, nut he has suffered a relapse.
MilanNews reports that Maignan has sustained an injury to the soleus muscle of his left leg, and it could keep him out until 2023.
His chances for next month’s World Cup in Qatar look slim with the latest setback.
Maignan has established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in Europe due to his success at club level in recent years.
He helped Lille clinch the Ligue 1 title in the 2020/21 season and won the Scudetto with the Rossoneri last term.
He has also been serving as deputy to Hugo Lloris with Les Bleus.
Maignan’s absence comes at a crucial juncture, with the Italian giants set to play do-or-die games in the Champions League.
Stefano Pioli’s men have won only one out of four games and are third in Group E behind Chelsea and RB Salzburg.
They will travel to Dinamo Zagreb next week, and any result other than a victory will put a dent in their hopes of progressing to the round of 16.
Ciprian Tatarusanu will continue in goal for Milan during Maignan’s absence. The 36-year-old has conceded seven goals in five games and kept one clean sheet.
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