Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018

Soccer: Kakà suspends salary amid Milan injury crisis


(By Paul Virgo)
Rome, September 16 - Kakà said Monday he was
suspending his own salary after adding to AC Milan's injury
crisis with a thigh problem sustained at the weekend in his
first competitive match since returning to AC Milan from Real
The Brazilian playmaker, who helped Milan win the 2004
Serie A title and the 2007 Champions League during his first
stint at the club, is expected to be out for at least a month
after getting hurt in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Torino.
"I've decided to suspend my own salary in this period
because I only want support and affection from Milan to be able
to heal soon," Kakà said in a video message on the club's
"I started the treatments today. Your affection at the
moment charges me up and motivates me to return as soon as
"It's a tough, difficult time. I hope to be on the field as
soon as possible".
The 31-year-old has returned to Milan after struggling at
Real, whom he joined in 2009 for 68.5 million euros, in part due
to a spate of injuries.
Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri faces a stiff challenge in
preparing for his side's Champions League Group H opener at home
against Celtic on Wednesday due to his squad's fitness
Midfielder Riccardo Montolivo also suffered a thigh injury
against Torino and looks set to be out for three weeks and
forward Stephan El Shaarawy is out after hurting a leg muscle in
Allegri may be forced to use makeshift fullbacks given how
shorthanded he is in defence, with Ignazio Abate, Mattia De
Sciglio, Matías Silvestre, Daniele Bonera all unavailable.
Striker Giampaolo Pazzini is in sick bay too and midfielder
Andrea Poli is a doubt for the Celtic game after taking a knock
Luckily for seven-time European champions Milan, their
opener does not look to be the toughest encounter they will have
in Group H, which also features Ajax and the mighty Barcelona.
Celtic can be feisty opponents and they beat Barcelona in
the group stage last season, but the Scottish team's skill
levels are low by Champions League standards and they lose much
of their intensity away from home.
Serie A champions Juventus kick their campaign off in
Copenhagen on Tuesday.
The Turin outfit, who were knocked out by eventual winners
Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals last term, are seen by some
as possible contenders following the arrival of Argentine
striker Carlos Tezez in the close season.
They are in Group B, which also includes Galatasaray and
Real Madrid.
Serie A leaders Napoli face a tough start, with last
season's finalists Borussia Dortmund visiting the San Paolo
Stadium on Wednesday.
Rafa Benitez's side, who have lofty ambitions after some
big transfer spending that landed Argentine forward Gonzalo
Higuain among others, are in Group F along with Arsenal and
Olympique Marseille.

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