The Rossoneri are reeling this Wednesday, having learned that their pitbull midfielder Gennaro Gattuso is set to miss the rest of the season having suffered a cruciate ligament injury in his right knee last weekend in Serie A.
The injury came about in the match with Catania, however typical of the character of the fiery number eight, Rino Gattuso managed to play out a complete 90 minutes only discovering the extent of the damage after the full-time whistle.
The incident occurred as Gattusso looked to retrieve possession after his forward pass had been cut out by Catania’s midfield. In a chase with Marco Biagianti for the ball, the 30-year-old Italian appeared to trap his studs in the turf just as he went to slide for the loose ball, coming down hard on his right knee and forcing him to receive immediate medical attention. Although Gattuso saw out the 90 minutes, a post match MRI revealed the extent of the damaged caused by the unfortunate injury, showing a tear in his anterior cruciate ligament.
Talking about his long lay-off, Gattuso reacted in true form to his warrior-like character remarking “For me this is like another battle. I am a little disappointed but I will look ahead. I have had many battles and I will win this won too. I think I can recover quicker than normal though and I will take everything with enthusiasm. There are worse things in life and so it’s best not to despair.”
Gattuso’s absense from Milan side opens the door for Mathieu Flamini to stake his claim for a regular start in Carlo Ancelotti’s side. However, arguably the player with the most to gain is David Beckham who begins his three-month stint on loan in Milan from January.
See how Gattuso ruled himself for the rest of the season here.