Tuesday September 20 2011
Gattuso optic nerve paralysis

Gennaro Gattuso has been diagnosed with sixth nerve palsy, a paralysis of the optic nerve.

The Milan midfielder was suffering from blurred vision before the opening game with Lazio and went off after a few minutes when he felt increasingly dizzy.

“Gattuso has been diagnosed with sixth nerve palsy and is undergoing further tests to evaluate how long he will take to recover,” explained Coach Massimiliano Allegri in today's Press conference.

The condition is associated with dysfunction of the cranial nerve and the symptoms include double vision. The eye can turn towards the lesion, giving the sufferer a cross-eyed appearance.

It is important to note Gattuso requested a substitution after accidentally colliding with teammate Alessandro Nesta, almost giving away a Lazio goal.

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