Milan lose Montolivo, De Jong

2015-03-03 11:13
Mario Balotelli and Nigel de Jong (AFP)

Milan - AC Milan midfielders Riccardo Montolivo and Nigel De Jong are set to miss the embattled Serie A club's upcoming games after being sidelined by injury during a scoreless draw away to Chievo on Saturday.

Italy international Montolivo has "suffered a hamstring problem" while Dutchman De Jong "suffered a muscle injury in the back of his thigh", according to a club statement.

It added that club captain "Montolivo (...) will undergo further medical tests in a week's time" while the fitness of De Jong "will be re-assessed in around 10 days' time".

Reports in Italy suggest Montolivo will be out for around two weeks with De Jong possibly sidelined for up to a month.

Milan have won only twice in their past 10 league games, a run which has left the seven-time European champions languishing in 10th place, 23 points behind leaders and champions Juventus.

The pressure on coach Filippo Inzaghi is increasing, with La Gazzetta dello Sport claiming the Italian has "lost control" of the dressing room.

Inzaghi, it is claimed, has been given the ultimatum of winning next weekend's clash at home to Verona or face the sack less than eight months into the job.

De Jong has consistently been linked with a move to Manchester United.

Louis van Gaal is a known admirer of the defensive midfielder and may yet move for the Dutch player when the transfer window reopens on July 1.

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