The midfielder suffered a broken tibia over the weekend whilst in action for Italy and was first thought to be facing a recovery time of between three and four months.
This morning he underwent surgery as planned, with the procedure reportedly lasting almost two hours.
Milan have communicated that the operation was a ‘technical success’ and that Montolivo will be assessed in 40 days’ time to determine ‘the best period of recovery, unless there are complications’.
However, ANSA are running quotes from the surgeon, Dr Herbert Schoenhuber, on the projected recovery time.
“Six months out? For this type of injury this is usually the time,” Dr Schoenhuber is quoted as saying.
“Back in four to five months” No, I do not think so.
“And everything went well. In 40 days’ time we will do the assessments and then decide on what to do.”
Whilst Adriano Galliani has publicly stated the Rossoneri’s support for their captain, Tuttosport indicate he is also making plans to make up for his absence on the pitch.
It is believed that, alongside redeeming Andrea Poli on a permanent deal, Galliani is considering movement for one of three specific targets initially identified.
Specifically, these are believed to be Catania’s Francesco Lodi and Atalanta duo Daniele Baselli and Luca Cigarini, the latter co-owned with Napoli.
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