Veteran Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi is hopeful he can to recover from the serious knee injury which threatens to end his career.
Inzaghi, 37, was injured during Milan’s 3-1 midweek win over Palermo and seems unlikely to play again this season due to ligament damage.
The club has officially confirmed that Inzaghi will need to have surgery to repair the knee, and issued a statement saying, “A.C Milan communicates that Filippo Inzaghi had scans on Thursday and it showed a lesion of his anterior cruciate ligament in the left knee. After a consultation with doctor Piero Volpi, we confirm there will be surgical treatment”.
However, an upbeat Inzaghi told his club’s official website: “Life and football are like this. One minute you’re playing and fighting, the next you’re clutching your knee in your hands. A minute after that you are looking around you. What I saw around me was all of you. Thank you.
“I have been moved by all of you, the club, the coach, my team-mates and the fans. I look to you and in turn you embrace me.
“Deep down in your hearts you all know, as do I, that it will be difficult, but I won’t give up. I will do everything, believe me, to ensure this is not the end.”
After 289 appearances and 125 goals for Milan since arriving in 2001, Inzaghi has often been a bit part player these last few seasons, but he has made some important contributions this season. Last week he came off the bench to score twice in a 2-2 Champions League draw with Real Madrid, to bring him level with Raul Gonzalez on 70 goals, as the leading goalscorer in European competition.