AC Milan have confirmed through a statement that midfielder Nigel de Jong will not be available for the match against Juventus on Saturday. This will be one of the crucial matches for Milan in their attempts to recover from a deep well.

After several years of sliding down the table, the team has been able to put together some sort of consistency in the league. They are undefeated in the last four games and the match against Juventus will probably represent the most immediate threat to this record. Milan have the opportunity to overtake Juventus and this will see them move into the sixth spot.

Nigel de Jong was one of the top midfielders when it comes to defending a situation, but the Netherlands midfielder has found little game time at the San Siro. He has been complaining about the fact that he has featured in only five matches of all this season.

This injury is likely to keep him out for much longer. It is understood that the player has an injury in his left thigh that will see him remain on the sidelines for around a couple of weeks. Juventus started the season very poorly but they have regained their former strength in recent weeks.

The narrow 1-0 defeat against Sassuolo apart, they have looked brilliant. This was their only defeat in the last two months of football and it speaks volumes about the improvements made under Massimiliano Allegri. The latest betting on Serie A from StanJames suggests AC Milan are in the running.

Juventus certainly struggled initially to cope without the likes of Andrea Pirlo but Allegri appears to have come up with a solution in brilliant fashion.

“AC Milan communicates that Nigel de Jong has picked up an injury to his left thigh and will have to undergo further tests at the start of next week,” read a statement on the Milan website.

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