Sunday, 17 February 2008

Milan face Goalkeeping crisis

AC Milan may face a goalkeeping crisis in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League trip to Arsenal amid doubts over both Zeljko Kalac and Nelson Dida.

Kalac, who has recently replaced Dida as first choice, dislocated a finger on his right hand in training today, while the Brazilian has been undergoing treatment for the back injury he suffered while on the bench during yesterday's 0-0 draw against Parma.

A club statement read: "AC Milan announces that during today’s training session goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac suffered a dislocation in the index finger on his right hand.

"His condition will be evaluated tomorrow to ascertain whether he will be available for the trip to London to play Arsenal."

If neither goalkeeper recovers, 38-year-old Valerio Fiori could be called upon to make his Champions League debut in the first knockout round first leg.

Fiori has not played a competitive game since December 2003 when he replaced Christian Abbiati in a Coppa Italia tie against Sampdoria, and a Serie A appearance in 2002/03 was his only such opportunity in eight seasons at Milan.

Source: UEFA

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