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Milan suffer double injury blow

Daniele Bonera and Robinho will miss AC Milan's UEFA Champions League play-off tie next month due to injuries sustained on Saturday in a friendly against Valencia CF.

Daniele Bonera will leave a sizeable hole in the Milan defence
Daniele Bonera will leave a sizeable hole in the Milan defence ©Getty Images

AC Milan have announced that defender Daniele Bonera will be out of action for "between 70 and 90 days" after he fractured his right kneecap during a friendly against Valencia CF on Saturday.

The injury means the 32-year-old will miss the UEFA Champions League play-offs – which take place on 20–21 and 27–28 August – and the first part of the group stage, should the Rossoneri qualify. Bonera, who joined Milan from Parma FC in 2006, has made 120 appearances for the Diavolo in Serie A, where Massimiliano Allegri's side finished third last season.

Robinho, meanwhile, strained his left thigh immediately after scoring in the 2-1 win against Valencia. "He will undergo further tests in two weeks," said Milan in a statement. The 29-year-old, who recently renewed his contract with the San Siro club until 2016, is also expected to miss the UEFA Champions League play-offs.