Alessandro Nesta of AC Milan celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Serie A match between AS Roma and AC Milan at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
Alessandro Nesta has a muscle strain and will miss the next month for AC Milan
AC Milan have announced via their club website that defender Alessandro Nesta will be out for approximately a month due to a muscle strain. Nesta was taken off injured in the second half of Milan's 3-2 UEFA Champions League defeat against Barcelona. Daniele Bonera was the man who replaced him on the evening, and he will likely start the Serie A match against Chievo Verona this weekend.
Milan have made a surge up the Serie A table to third place after a disastrous start to their campaign, in no small part due to the central defense partnership of Nesta and Thiago Silva. It's arguably the best in Europe at the moment on form and consistency of performances, while Bonera has been poor when he's played. Philippe Mexes is still out, while Mario Yepes is well past his prime at this point. Bonera is going to have to step up his game in the next month if Milan are to keep pace with the other contenders for the Scudetto.