Friday February 15 2013
Get well soon, Diego

Il Principe could be out for six to nine months after damaging knee ligaments. Susy Campanale wonders where Inter go from here.

It was clear the moment it happened that this was a bad injury. Diego Milito landed awkwardly, his left foot remained planted firmly on the ground while his knee carried on the momentum, bending horribly out of shape. The tears as he was stretchered off in a stunned San Siro meant he had the same concern everyone did. Those fears were confirmed by the tests on Thursday evening – lesion to the anterior cruciate ligament and the collateral ligament with damage to the knee capsule. It’s a disastrous triple whammy.

The Inter medical staff haven’t given a timeframe for his recovery yet, but this type of injury requires at least six months, possibly nine depending on the extent of the damage. That will only become clear after surgery, which will be in a matter of hours. Knowing you’ll be out for that amount of time is distressing for any player, let alone one who turns 34 in June.

He’ll have someone to help him through it, as teammate Dejan Stankovic made his comeback last week after nine months out with an Achilles tendon issue. The Serbian midfielder received a rapturous ovation from San Siro on his return and we are all waiting to stand and applaud when Milito steps back on to that pitch.

There is so much rivalry in football, leading to vicious jokes, cruel insults and even physical violence, but the reaction to Milito’s injury has been of widespread sadness. Il Principe is a highly-respected forward, a great goal-scorer and above all a really nice guy. Club affiliation is left to one side when things like this happen, just as they were as Alessandro Del Piero was stretchered off with a similar injury in 1998 or Giuseppe Rossi snapped the same knee ligament again before he had even managed to make his comeback.

For all the petty discussion between fans, we all belong to the football family. We wish Milito a speedy recovery, even if it means he’ll be back scoring against our teams as he inevitably does. Mejorate pronto, Principe.

Inter now find themselves in a totally unexpected situation. Rodrigo Palacio and Tommaso Rocchi represent their only real centre-forwards, so the idea of handing Marko Livaja to Atalanta in the January transfer window seems ill-judged. Maybe it will prompt the always experimental Andrea Stramaccioni to adopt a Spanish-style no striker system, or let the former Primavera Coach pluck new talents from the youth ranks. 

There is also the option of signing a player who is out of contract, just as Lazio did with Louis Saha after Miroslav Klose was ruled out for two months, but Inter already have one veteran stopgap solution in Rocchi and there aren’t many valid alternatives out there. 

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Have your say...
Feel sympathy for Diego Milito.. Feel good about Inter Misery...
on the 19th February, 2013 at 8:22am
Go Ricki Go Ricki Go Ricki Go Ricki
on the 19th February, 2013 at 6:38am
Anti juve, can u confirm who u support. You should learn to articulate yourself better as it was hard to understand your comment. By the sounds of it, ur jealous of juve. Do yourself a favour, go to jjb, buy yourself a juve tshirt, put it on, you will instantly know why it is so much better to support juve then whichever trash team u support.
on the 18th February, 2013 at 7:37pm
Ben, as I have already explained, i don't have an awful lot to be bitter about, although u do, at least in terms of football. As for my crystal ball, I don't have one. But if juve were playing barca, would certainly not be adopting your submissive attitude. I'm glad you a Milan supporter, I wouldn't welcome such pessimism around my team. Ben u sound like a tree hugger, y r u so hurt by my unsympathetic stance towards milito? Grab a tissue
on the 18th February, 2013 at 7:34pm

the one thing that i cant stand is people with no shame, yeah thats you juve fans who cant admit that juve have been relegated because the team is a cheater

so you might need to learn to be ashamed a little...bragging your team and discredit others...
on the 18th February, 2013 at 8:47am
I didn't say bitter about anything specific (please pay attention..) - I was referring to your general tone. I believe Barca would have a good chance of progressing far, but I do see the general pattern here ie anything I suggest is obviously wrong. I'm assuming your crystal ball says Juve for the CL?

Ok, let's all stick 2 fingers up at any form of compassion and humanity...let's have it your way.

Arrivederci 'boss', you have already consumed far too much of my time.
on the 17th February, 2013 at 11:40pm
Ben, now that u have acceded that juve are likely to win the scudetto and that Milan are going 2 get knocked out of the cl, you can hopefully retract your daft comment about me being bitter. No they wouldn't knock out any team, try and recall who knocked them out last year if your able to.

Read my first comment i used the blog 2 attack inter but also ppl like u that make out that someone has died. If u dnt like it, get back under your rock
on the 17th February, 2013 at 10:38pm
Boss, I think you're confusing the issue. As a REALIST I'm sure Barca will beat us. They would do the same to any European team, so I don't get your point. Whilst I believe that Juve will win the Scudetto, it's not May yet, so let's just watch this space on that one. This blog was for us to comment on the Milito issue and you managed to make a debate about it; that's my issue. I wish injury on no player, but you lack the class to respect the situation as use it as an opp to insult the opposition
on the 17th February, 2013 at 1:36pm
Ben, thank you for confirming you support the only other team that has declined so rapidly in such a short space of time. As a juve supporter, im not sure that i have much to be bitter about in comparison with you. Were going 2 grab a second consecutve scudetto, in the CL quarters. where is milan? lets face it Barca will brush Milan aside. Milan along with inter, dont really have a lot going for them.

i look forward to your response.
on the 17th February, 2013 at 11:43am
believe me, as a milan fan, I'm not one to back inter. not sure comparing milito to stalin will win you many friends. in all honesty, you sound quite bitter. I really hope you're not a Milan fan...
on the 17th February, 2013 at 1:38am
Beck, I'm posting because i find it hard to stomach idiots like you passing your fake sympathy in order to fit in with the author. And also because I like to bash inter at any given opportunity.

And thank you for your insightful view. Of course, milito thanking ppl for their support must mean he is a saint. Why didnt i realise that sooner. Just like how Joseph Stalin would thank ppl for their support, such a nice kind person he was isnt that right beck. Clown!
on the 16th February, 2013 at 5:24pm
Amar, that comment i made was in respect of the domestic league. With regards to the cl that inter won, i remain entrenched in my position that it was mourinho who won that for inter. I credit mourinho with 90 per cent for inters European success. You will no doubt notice that since mourinho s departure, inter have plummeted back to where they belong. Mourinho was akin to a Mary popping for inter. So don't attempt to make out as a consistent team.
on the 16th February, 2013 at 5:20pm
If you couldn't care less what are you doing in blog dedicated to Diego Milito and Inter?

He doesn't have to be his close friend to see how humble and nice person Milito is, just see his message to everyone thanking their support!

Forza Milito... Get well soon.
on the 16th February, 2013 at 9:14am
@sam de m

Dude, this post has nothing to do with juves 'performance' against Celtic. Go whine elsewhere
on the 16th February, 2013 at 12:00am
boss - you make a fair point that all the other Serie A top sides were weakened during Inter's domestic spell at the top but what you can't make an excuse for is during that spell Inter also won the Champions League. Not only that but they knocked out Chelsea, Barcelona and finally Bayern. All three won their respective domestic leagues that season all of which are considered to be the best in Europe (even above Serie A unfortunately). That wasn't luck.

Respect to those wishing Milito the best
on the 15th February, 2013 at 11:18pm
Celtic are a joke. Its ok for hooper to try and impied buffon on every corner but not ok when they get it back and its ok for brown to foul pirlo at every opportunity. Celtic where beaten by a far superior team. Sour grapes from celtic. The scottish league is a joke, thats why celtic win everyweek.
on the 15th February, 2013 at 8:37pm
Get well Milito, we`ll miss you.
on the 15th February, 2013 at 7:29pm
Gio have u ever actually met milito? Ur comment sounds as tho ur his best friend.

Why are people commenting as tho it is a funeral. A serious footballing injury, yes, a death? No. I couldn't care less about inter i can't stand them. Only winning things after every other team get relegated or docked points is pathetic.

As for milito, he was a good player, back in 2010. Now he is just the only striker inter have.
on the 15th February, 2013 at 7:20pm
Daniel your spot on. I would love an italian team to win europa league for the good of our football. Militos injury is huge blow for inter. Hopefully both lazio and inter going to next round of 16. Looks like icardi to play for argies, its a blow, hope roncaglia plays for us, hes immense. Forza roma, call me mad but i think we are going to win tomorrow.
on the 15th February, 2013 at 6:51pm
Juve fan here - but sad to see Milito injured. As the article states, he's a great striker, and very nice and humble person - a true professional.
on the 15th February, 2013 at 4:05pm
I am a massive milan fan and hate that Milito always causes issues to us in the derby....but I wish him well and that he returns to the field in good health. I wish injury upon no player. I am going to the derby next weekend and was looking forward to seeing him live as well....he is a great goalscorer
on the 15th February, 2013 at 1:41pm
The old san siro pitch was a graveyard for footballers, so many have had career threatening / ending injuries on it. Perhaps the hybrid pitch is to blame for Milito's foot getting stuck underneath him?
Will be interesting to see the stats in a couple of years time as to the types of injuries incurred on the new surface vs the horrible old pitch.
on the 15th February, 2013 at 1:16pm
Get well soon Diego!! You are in our thoughts and prayers...
on the 15th February, 2013 at 1:08pm
Terrible news. He had just come back and already looked his old self. I don't like Inter, but have always liked Milito. I hope he can return from this.
on the 15th February, 2013 at 12:29pm
One good thing about this injury is that Inter is now FINALLY required to look for prolific striker for next season unless branca thinks to extend Rocchis contract!!
on the 15th February, 2013 at 11:40am
Get well soon Il Principe! Forza Diego & Forza Inter!
on the 15th February, 2013 at 11:14am
Awful news! I really want an Italian club to win the Europa league, & it will now be much more difficult for Inter without the classy Milito. I hope that he makes a full recovery.

Well done Lazio, you did us proud against the Germans! I am annoyed with Mazzarri. He only ever rotates his team in the Europa league, &it is this rotation that leads to disjointed, error laden performances. Napoli could win the Europa league if they took it seriously. They have let themselves & Italian football down.
on the 15th February, 2013 at 10:47am
Get well Diego
Above all we all humans.
on the 15th February, 2013 at 10:44am
get well soon diego, we love you

forza milito!!!!!!!!!!!
on the 15th February, 2013 at 10:30am
Forza Diego! Now Inter will definitely miss out on the champions league spot this year. Rocchi just won't fit his boots until the end of the season.

Get well soon, champ!
on the 15th February, 2013 at 10:24am

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