Monday March 26 2012
Injuries happen, says Milan chief Galliani

Milan insist that they have no regrets about Thiago Silva’s injury as Alexandre Pato flies out to America to see a specialist.

The defender could be out of action for the next month after he picked up an injury in the game against Roma – a match he started despite not being 100 per cent fit.

“There is no disappointment about Thiago Silva,” Vice-President Adriano Galliani noted. “We don’t use a rotation policy because we don’t want to drop points.

“We knew that he had a few problems, but he warmed up. It seemed as if Thiago was OK, but instead…

There has been a lot of talk about Thiago in the last few days, but nobody knows that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been playing with a bad back.

“Players know that there is a risk of injury in this job.”

A depleted Milan are next in action against Barcelona in the Champions League and Galliani is in confident mood.

“It’ll be a great game and Milan are used to these great occasions. We are still there, amongst the big clubs, then sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.

“It would be better to beat them rather than to stop them from scoring. We’ve always played well against them.

“I’ll say that the two games against them this season [2-2 and 2-3] finished 4-4 with a dubious penalty awarded to them.

“It’s bizarre that over the last two seasons we have been drawn with Real Madrid and Barcelona. It means we are unlucky in the draw, but Barcelona were also unlucky to get us.”

Pato will also be unavailable for the Diavolo after he recently picked up yet another muscle injury. With the club unsure why he’s so prone to those setbacks, he’s been sent to America for tests.

“I expect that he’ll return healed,” Galliani continued. “He’s hopeful.”