Friday, February 15, 2008


AC Milan are still trying to come to terms with Ronaldo´s career-threatening injury that has shaken the club ahead of Saturday´s clash at Parma.

The Brazilian striker ruptured tendons in his left knee in Wednesday´s 1-1 draw against Livorno and 24 hours later underwent surgery in Paris.

"We're all very sad and worried about what happened to Ronaldo,'' said AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti.

"I don't want to say his career is over because only time can put the word end to his career.

"From our part, we can only stay close to him. His team-mates left the stadium quickly to reach the hospital to check on his condition, I think it's the right way to stay close to a player who's suffering.

"Being close to him can help him cope at such a delicate moment of his career.''

Ronaldo, who is under contract with the Rossoneri until the summer, is expected to be out of action for at least nine months. The 31-year-old has endured an injury-plagued campaign with a muscular problem having limited him to just six league appearances this campaign for the Rossoneri.

The news was a huge blow for Milan as the injury comes at a very delicate time in the season. Milan travel to the Ennio Tardini Stadium this weekend looking to climb to fourth position in the standings before making the journey to London to face Arsenal in Tuesday's Champions League clash.

"It's a real shame,'' added Ancelotti.

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