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Milan dealt major blow ahead of resumption of domestic and European campaigns


After about two weeks off due to the latest international hiatus, AC Milan will resume proceedings as the Rossoneri look to challenge for silverware in both continental and European competitions.

So far, they are still unbeaten in Serie A, and presently sit in second spot, two points behind league leaders Napoli, who have yet to drop points this season. However, their foray into the Champions League, their first appearance since the 2013/14 campaign, has been nothing short of disappointing.

Stefano Pioli's men have failed to pick up a single point from their first two games, losing first to Liverpool, and then most recently, Atletico Madrid. And their Champions League dreams have been dealt a huge blow due to an injury to one of their key players.

French shot-stopper Mike Maignan, signed from Lille following their impressive Ligue 1 winning season this past summer, will be out for nearly two months after badly injuring his wrist. As per reports from Italy, namely Sky Sport Italia, the 26-year-old recently underwent keyhole surgery on his left wrist to fix a problem that had been bothering him since Milan's clash with Liverpool.

As a result, Maignan is expected miss over a dozen matches due to his recovery and rehab process, meaning that Milan are now scrambling to fill his position. Second-choice shot-stopper Ciprian Tatarusanu will take over for Milan's upcoming clash with Hellas Verona, but they still had to make an emergency signing due to another injury for their third-choice goalkeeper, Alessandro Plizzari, being out with a knee injury till next year.

That means at the moment, the Rossoneri only have one fit goalkeeper, and as such, they recently opted to sign 38-year-old Antonio Mirante, who was a free agent after leaving Roma earlier this year.