Centre back Nesta has endured a rather injury prone career, all dating back to a serious problem he picked up during the 1998 World Cup in France.
His niggling and chronic injuries, particularly around the groin and back area, eventually led him to retire from international football in 2007. Having played no internationals, the 32-year-old’s fitness has improved, however he still missed around a quarter of last season.
During pre-season training, Nesta’s back problems have resurfaced, and this is proving a cause of concern for the Milan technical team. As a result, the Rossoneri are almost certain to go into the market and sign another centre back as cover for the new season.
General manager Adriano Galliani had stated last week that no one else would arrive following the purchase of Ronaldinho, but Nesta’s situation will surely cause him to re-think this standpoint.
Milan only currently have Paolo Maldini, Kakha Kaladze, Daniele Bonera, and Dario Simic as centre back alternatives, the latter of whom has been tipped to leave the club this summer.