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Arkadiusz Milik diagnosed with “completely” torn ACL

The Polish striker will miss at least six months after hurting his knee on international duty.

Ukraine v Poland - Group C: UEFA Euro 2016 Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Well, the news isn’t good: after undergoing testing, Arkadiusz Milik has been diagnosed with a “completely” torn ACL in his left knee.

The news is a big blow for Napoli, who will now likely be without their top striker for the next six months, all but ending his season. It had been hoped that he had only suffered a partial tear that would have brought him back a couple months earlier, but that didn’t turn out to be the case.

Napoli will now have to rely on Manolo Gabbiadini who has been, to put it rather kindly, been very inconsistent this season. They’ve already been loosely linked to a couple different free agent strikers to reinforce the ranks, and we’ll have more on that later, but in the meantime, Maurizio Sarri will need to figure out how to make things work without Milik in his attack, because much of Napoli’s success this season in the final third has revolved around what he brings to the table.

Milik is already scheduled for surgery and will have the damage reconstructed soon. We wish him the best of luck in his hopefully speedy and complete recovery.