AFP, November 23, 2006
ROME (AFP) - AC Milan keeper Nelson Dida has been ruled out for up to three months after damaging the quadricep tendon in his left knee, the Serie A club confirmed.
The 33-year-old Brazil international fell awkwardly on his left leg during Tuesday's 1-0 Champions League defeat away to Greek side AEK Athens.
A statement on Milan's website said: "In the next few days Dida will undergo further tests, but our initial forecast is that he will be out for around two to three months."
Australian Zeljko Kalac, Milan's second choice keeper whose performances in the Italian Cup recently were far from convincing, will deputise for the Brazilian.
Dida was added to a growing injury list at Milan which includes Italian World Cup-winning midfielder Gennaro Gattuso, Georgian defender Kakha Kaladze, Brazilian wingback Serginho and experienced central defender Alessandro Costacurta.
Milan, who started their Serie A campaign with minus eight points for their role in the Italian match-fixing scandal, are suffering in the league.
The six-time European champions have just eight points, 22 less than leaders Inter Milan, but they are through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.