M'Baye Niang Injury: Updates on AC Milan Star's Ankle, Return After Car Accident

Rory MarsdenFeatured Columnist

AC Milan's French forward Mbaye Niang celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match between AC Milan and Udinese at San Siro Stadium in Milan on February 7, 2016. / AFP / OLIVIER MORIN        (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

AC Milan's M’Baye Niang could reportedly be sidelined for two months as a result of injuries he suffered in a car accident.

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Niang Carrying Multiple Injuries

Monday, Feb. 29

"AC Milan communicates that M’Baye Niang has suffered an injury to the capsular ligament in his left ankle, as well as bruising to his left shoulder following a car accident. The treatment plan will be decided upon in the coming days," read a statement from the Serie A club about the 21-year-old forward's condition (via Football Italia).

The report added it has been "made clear" Niang was not under the influence of alcohol at the time.  

Sky Sport Italia (via Football Italia) reported the incident "took place between Saturday and Sunday."

He started in the Rossoneri's 1-0 win over Torino at the San Siro on Saturday but could be out for up to two months, according to Serie A expert James Horncastle, who said Niang's absence will be a "big blow."

Mario Balotelli should be able to slot into the side as Niang's replacement, but the Italian is not known for his consistency, and there is no guarantee he will be a regular top performer.

Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe recently noted how Niang was finally making good on his immense potential, so his injury will be a huge disappointment for both Milan and the player.

His influence this season has been noticeable, with Opta reporting Milan have lost only two of the 16 Serie A games he has been involved in this season—compared to four defeats in 11 when he has not played.

Manager Sinisa Mihajlovic will have to make good use of his squad in Niang's absence, with a return looking unlikely before the last few games of the season.