Thursday, 7 February 2008

Brazilian duo on the mend for Milan

AC Milan have announced that Brazilian attacking duo Alexandre Pato and Ricardo Kaka are likely to be fit for the first leg of their Champions League first knockout round tie against Arsenal on 20 February.

The 18-year-old Pato, who has made a sensational start to his Serie A career with four goals in six games, damaged his left ankle shortly after breaking the deadlock in last weekend's 1-0 win at Fiorentina.

It was initially feared the forward would be sidelined for at least three weeks, but subsequent scans have revealed a more positive prognosis.

"The condition of his ankle is better today," said Milan medical officer Jean-Pierre Meersseman. "He can walk without pain and we are optimistic. I think he can recover in time for the Arsenal trip."

Kaka, meanwhile, has been suffering from a knee complaint although Milan are hopeful the 25-year-old playmaker will miss only Sunday's visit of Siena.

"He will definitely be available for Arsenal," said Meersseman.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti also has good news concerning midfielder Gennaro Gattuso, who is a doubt for the first leg in London because of a thigh problem.

"He underwent scans today and is recovering very quickly, but we don't yet know if he will be available against Arsenal," added the Rossoneri doctor.

Source: UEFA

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