AC Milan Vs. Sampdoria: Alexandre Pato Injury Sees Antonio Cassano Take His Place For Milan

With Zlatan Ibrahimović suspended for possibly the rest of his born days, AC Milan have been counting on Alexandre Pato to bear the weight of their scudetto dreams for the next six matches. However, in the 39th minute of the match against Sampdoria, the Duck pulled up, clutching his hamstring. The Brazilian immediately gestured for a substitute, the pain etched upon his face. Antonio Cassano, meant to be saved as a late substitution against his former club, came on to take Pato's place at the front of the Milan attack.

With goalkeeper Christian Abbiati subbed off for Marco Amelia in the 18th minute, apparently having hurt his hand, Milan are down to just one substitute for the final fifty minutes. More worrying, however, is the severity of the injury to Pato, who's been on an amazing run of form, scoring three goals in the last two matches. With a match against Palermo, who buried Roma's Champions League hopes in the early Saturday match, to look forward to next weekend, Milan likely have every reason to feel anxious over Pato's frowning face.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.