AC Milan may be forced back on to the transfer market after Marco Borriello's serious injury left them without strikers.
Borriello pulled up during yesterday's training session with a suspected sprained right knee and more tests were performed today.
The official statement from the club was far from encouraging, as it did not reveal the verdict of the tests.
Instead, it pointed out Borriello would go to Antwerp on Wednesday for a specialist visit with Professor Marc Martens – the same medic who operated on Ronaldo.
If the former Genoa star is going to be out of action for a while, it throws a very large spanner in the works for the Rossoneri.
Pippo Inzaghi has also been suffering from a muscular problem in recent weeks and Kaka is still recovering from his knee operation.
Alexandre Pato and Ronaldinho are away with Brazil's Olympic team in Beijing and so will miss the rest of pre-season training.
With this situation emerging, Milan have called a halt to Alberto Paloschi's proposed loan to Torino.
The Under-19 international was set to prove himself at Toro, but is now needed as back-up during this injury crisis.
As Paloschi does not return from the European Championship – which Italy lost 3-1 in the Final to Germany – until later today, Milan could well have not a single fit striker for the Trofeo TIM on Tuesday.
Source: C4 Football Italia