Milan’s goalkeeper Mike Maignan is out for 10 weeks after surgery on his left wrist.
The Serie A giants signed Maignan from Lille in May for a fee of 15 million euros to replace Gianluigi Donnarumma, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
The French international got off to a good start to the season, starting every game as Stefano Pioli’s side scored 19 points to make their best start in the first seven Serie A games.
However, the 26-year-old suffered a wrist injury against Liverpool on September 15, which got worse 13 days later in a clash with Atletico Madrid’s Luis Suarez.
Milan announced on Wednesday that Maignan had had an operation, adding that he will rest for six weeks before starting the rehabilitation process. He should return at the end of December at the earliest.
His potential 10-week absence means he could miss all of the remaining Champions League group stage games, as well as key domestic ties against fellow title hopes Roma, neighbors Inter and Napoli.
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Only Bartlomiej Dragowski (1.62) had better goal prevention than Maignan (0.94) among Serie A goalkeepers until his injury.
The news led Milan to sign 38-year-old goalkeeper Antonio Mirante on a free transfer until the end of the season, with Ciprian Tatarusanu Pioli having the only option until January.
Milan’s defender Theo Hernandez, meanwhile, tested positive for COVID-19 after reporting back from his international appearance with France, meaning Milan will be without the left-back when they visit Hellas Verona on Saturday.