Mauricio Isla, Antonio Di Natale Injuries Rock Udinese

MILAN, ITALY - DECEMBER 03: Mauricio Isla #3 of Udinese Calcio scores the first goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 3, 2011 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Udinese may be without two of their top players for some time following their 2-1 defeat at home against Milan - Antonio di Natale departed with a fractured foot and Mauricio Isla has knee ligament damage.

Udinese midfielder Maurico Isla's knee injury during his team's 2-1 loss against AC Milan is just as bad as originally feared. The Chilean, 23, went down in the second half of that match after a challenge with Massimo Ambronsini, who ended up falling awkwardly on hi opponent's leg. Isla ended up being stretchered off, and it's now been confirmed by the club that he's suffered damage to his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and collateral lateral ligament (LCL).

That's not a happy injury, and although the full extent of the damage is yet unknown, Isla could easily be out for six months, thus missing the rest of the Serie A campaign. The club still hasn't decided whether surgery is necessary, although Isla managing to avoid the knife seems highly unlikely at this point.

As if that wasn't bad enough, Udinese also have another injury problem. Shortly after Isla's departure, captain Antonio di Natale was forced off the pitch as well, and it turns out that the ace striker has a fractured toe. It's unclear just how long he'll be out for, but losing both Isla and di Natale for an extended period will badly hurt the squad as they attempt to qualify for a Champions League place.

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