All did not go as planned for Algerian international Ismaël Bennacer on Wednesday, during the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between his club AC Milan and great rival Inter. We tell you everything.
Not only did the 25-year-old midfielder lose at home with his team (0-2), seriously compromising the chances of qualifying for the Big Ears Cup final, but he was also injured in the 18th minute of play. Replaced by the Brazilian Junior Messias, it was from the sidelines that he witnessed the impotence of his teammates. Already trailing 2-0 after 11 minutes thanks to goals from Edin Džeko and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the players of A.C. Milan did not know how to find the fault to return to the game, being satisfied with 2 meager shots on target. A disappointment for all the Red and Black people and for Bennacer, who has most likely just given up on his dream of living in a Champions League final.
Inter who scored 2 goals in the first 10 minutes + Bennacer who left with an injury after 15 minutes of play pic.twitter.com/VltSIApVMI
– AC Milan – FR (@AC_MilanFR) May 10, 2023
According to the media Sky Italia, the best player of CAN 2019 suffers from a post-traumatic lesion of the cartilage of the lateral femoral condyle of the right knee. An XXL injury name, just like the duration of unavailability, which should be at least two months according to the estimates of the medical profession. The Champions League final will take place on June 10, in just under a month. The chances of seeing Ismaël Bennacer dispute it – betting at the same time on a hypothetical comeback from his team – are tiny if not non-existent.
And as a misfortune never comes alone, he should also miss the next selection meeting, during which the Fennecs will face theUganda in Cameroon as part of the CAN qualifiers and play a friendly match. For the former Empoli player, it is a setback – admittedly late – but which undoubtedly comes at the worst time of the season. So far, the native of Arles has had a relatively convincing 2022-2023 exercise with the Rossoneri (28 games, 2 league goals and 10 games, 1 goal in LDC). While waiting to amaze us again with his ultra-powerful strikes and his panache on the pitch, we wish him a speedy recovery.