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Pato blow adds to Milan striker shortage

Published: Friday 12 November 2010, 18.48CET
AC Milan have confirmed that striker Pato "will need six weeks to resume playing" after damaging his left thigh muscle in Wednesday's 3-1 victory at home to US Città di Palermo.
Pato blow adds to Milan striker shortage
Pato will miss Milan's final UEFA Champions League Group G games ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 12 November 2010, 18.48CET

Pato blow adds to Milan striker shortage

AC Milan have confirmed that striker Pato "will need six weeks to resume playing" after damaging his left thigh muscle in Wednesday's 3-1 victory at home to US Città di Palermo.

AC Milan will be without Pato for the rest of 2010 after tests confirmed he sustained damage to his left thigh muscle in Wednesday's 3-1 victory at home to US Città di Palermo.

The Brazil striker, who opened the scoring to help the Rossoneri to the Serie A summit, picked up the injury after 65 minutes and was replaced by Filippo Inzaghi – who subsequently suffered a season-ending knee injury a quarter of an hour later. Pato underwent tests on Friday and a Milan statement confirmed "he will need six weeks to resume playing".

The 21-year-old, who has scored six goals in eight Serie A appearances this season, will miss the remaining UEFA Champions League Group G matches away to AJ Auxerre on 23 November and at home to AFC Ajax on 8 December. Massimiliano Allegri's men are second in the section, five points behind leaders Real Madrid FC but one and two ahead of Ajax and Auxerre respectively.

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