Italian midfielder Matteo Pessina will certainly not get the chance to strengthen Atalanta against Premier League giants Manchester United in the Champions League due to the lengthy injury he faces.
Atalanta star Matte Pessina has been confirmed to be out for around two months after tests revealed a serious thigh injury that saw him return at the earliest in December.
The Italy international came out clutching the back of his right leg during his side’s 2-3 home defeat in Serie A to Milan at the weekend, an injury which forced him to withdraw from the squad for this week’s UEFA Nations League.
Now reports show that tests with the Atalanta medical team revealed a Grade II lesion to the flexors on his right thigh. This type of injury will take several months to heal, so it’s likely he won’t be back in action until 2022, or at least the end of December 2021.
This is another heavy blow for Atalanta, who have been missing Robin Gosens for at least two months with a similar muscle injury as they face one of the crucial phases of the season, including the two-legged clash against Manchester United in the Champions League group stage which could be decisive.
But not only fight The Red Devils, Matteo Pessina will also almost certainly miss the last two group stage matches La Dea against BSC Young Boys on (24/11) WIB in Austria and against Villarreal on (9/12) in Bergamo, Italy.
The 24-year-old midfielder was certainly an important figure in Gian Piero Gasperini’s squad as he was entrusted with playing in the number 10 role behind Ruslan Malinovskiy and Duvan Zapata. He has so far made eight appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal.