Sunday December 9 2012
Allegri rues De Jong injury

Massimiliano Allegri cannot entirely celebrate Milan’s victory in Turin, as he confirms “Nigel De Jong will be out for the rest of the season.”

The Rossoneri were already in the middle of an injury crisis when fighting back to beat Torino 4-2.

“We did well to earn a great victory. Perhaps in the first half we could’ve done more in terms of technique and pace, but the lads still created a lot and I am satisfied with their performance,” said the Coach.

“We are slowly growing and improving. It’s just a terrible shame about De Jong, who will be out for the rest of the season, and of course all the lads dedicate the win to him.”

De Jong limped off after 22 minutes and has been diagnosed with a torn Achilles tendon, which will keep him out for five to six months.

“We controlled the ball well today, but didn’t push forward with through runs enough. We were static and that is why we went behind.

“Giampaolo Pazzini played well, his presence was felt in the air and we needed his physicality against Torino.”

De Jong’s injury will force Milan back on the market, but meanwhile the transfer gossip continues to link them with Mario Balotelli and Javier Pastore.

“We’ll see what to do about De Jong’s role in January, but we do have Sulley Muntari, Massimo Ambrosini and Mathieu Flamini.

“Who would I choose between Balotelli and Pastore? They are both excellent players, but one belongs to Manchester City and the other to PSG.”

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