Pippo Inzaghi will be out for six months after knee surgery, but the 37-year-old insists: “I will do everything to ensure this is not the end.”
The Milan star sustained ligament damage during last night's 3-1 win over Palermo and will require an operation, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
“Life and football are like this. One minute you're playing and fighting, the next you're clutching your knee in your hands,” he wrote on the official club website.
“A minute after that you are looking around you. What I saw around me was all of you. Thank you.
“I have been moved by all of you, the club, the Coach, my teammates and fans. I look to you and in turn you embrace me.”
There are fears the 37-year-old might not be able to play professional football again after such a serious injury at his age.
“Deep down in your hearts you all know, as do I, that it will be difficult, but I won't give up. I will do everything, believe me, to ensure this is not the end.
“I will do that in part thanks to your strength and energy.”
The knee specialist who will perform the surgery also agreed Inzaghi could recover to play again.
“The recovery time is around five to six months, so we can safely say the season is over,” Dr Piero Volpi told MilanNews.it.
“With the right surgery and a good plan of recovery, Inzaghi will be available to start the next competitive campaign.
“His age will have absolutely no bearing on the matter. I found the player to be perfectly healthy in every other respect so, save for complications, he should respect the recovery timetable.”
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's World Cup tipster competition - £10,000 to be won!