AC Milan defender Andrea Conti could be facing another extended period on the sidelines after the player's visit to an American knee specialist brought only bad news, according to reports.
The 24-year-old, who joined Rossoneri in the summer, headed to the States to visit the same doctor who helped LA Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimovic return to full fitness after sustaining an injury in training.
The Italian was on his road to recovery after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament earlier in the campaign; however, fears surfaced that the former Atalanta man's long-term issue could have resurfaced.
Examinations quickly quashed those theories, but during his visit to the USA, according to Sky Italia, as quoted by Milan News, it was discovered that his ligament has not healed as expected following the initial operation and that Conti could have to go under the knife once again.
If so, the timescales regarding the defender's return would be severely delayed, and any hope of featuring for the San Siro outfit again this season could be under serious threat.
Following the right back's summer move, as well as claiming his first international cap for Azzurri, hopes were high for the year ahead.
However, with injury wreaking havoc on what was expected to be the 24-year-old's breakthrough campaign at the highest level, unfortunately, that has not been the case.
Now, the promising defender must endure a painful wait before he learns his fate, a conclusion, as has been seen in the past with other professionals, that may well not merely define a season, but his entire career.