The dreaded national break always causes some damage to clubs. Many Serie A footballers have booked a visit and dropped out of international matches, the list is long and includes players like Politano, Theo Hernandez, Pellegrini or Verratti, just to name a few. But there are also many players who suffer injuries while playing for the national teams. So it was for the Atalanta players Koopmeiners and Demiral and also for the Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignanthat shakes the entire Rossoneri’s atmosphere, which is dealing with many injuries and also with an anomalous choice for the list of champions.
Maignan, who many would already like as a starter of the world champions team, took advantage of the absence of captain Lloris, injured, and played from the beginning in the France-Austria. But during the break he left the field with a calf muscle problem. In his place came Areola. With goals from Mbappé and Giroud, the French won 2-0. The goalkeeper left the training ground on Friday and will be in Milan in the evening, and will not arrive before completing his exams.
Obviously there is concern. Maignan was the strongest goalkeeper in the last Serie A and is an added value for the Rossoneri who, in the event of a long withdrawal, would replace him with Tatarusanu in the league. The Romanian goalkeeper is his runner-up again this year and would be ready to take the field against Empoli in the next round of the championship. But the former Fiorentina goalkeeper was not included in the list of champions and in the event of a stoppage for at least two weeks, Milan would find themselves with what is officially the third goalkeeper between the posts against Chelsea.
When they handed the Champions List to Uefa, Milan only included two goalkeepers, Mirante plus Maignan, and two young players Jungdal and Nava. There is a rule that allows the substitution of a goalkeeper for another one off the list. But this rule only applies if the injury is serious, the break is for at least 30 days and if two goalkeepers are missing from the list. Therefore, there are no complaints available for the possible loss of Maignan. This means that on 5 October against the Chelsea Antonio Mirante, born in 1983, who has played just two games in the Champions League and hasn’t played official matches for almost a year and a half, can take the field.
Source: Fan Page IT
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