AC Milan and Italy
forward Antonio Cassano, in hospital after being struck
down with an undiagnosed illness on Saturday, has shown a
"marked improvement" the Serie A champions said Monday.
The club denied reports that the famously temperamental
29-year-old player, who was taken ill on the flight back from
the 3-2 win at AS Roma on Saturday, had suffered a stroke.
"AC Milan inform that the news in circulation containing a
hypothetical diagnosis on Antonio Cassano's state of health
cannot be considered true as it does not come from an accredited
medical source," Milan said in a statement.
"AC Milan underline that Antonio Cassano is in a phase of
marked improvement and in the next few days will undergo further
While Cassano, who appears to have matured and settled down
well since joining Milan at the start of the year, was confined
to a clinic, Milan left for Belarus where they play BATE Borisov
in a Champions League match on Tuesday.
A win could guarantee Milan a place in the last 16 with two
games to spare depending on the result of the Viktoria
"I know that he feels better and I hope to have him back
with us soon. He is resting and I have felt that he is calm,"
coach Massimiliano Allegri told reporters before the team left
"The team is calm but disappointed at what his happened.
From the human point of view, it's always disappointing
especially when it happens to a lad of 29.
"Antonio has been playing really well but the important
thing now is to rule out that it's anything dangerous."
Bari-born Cassano has previously played for AS Roma and Real
Madrid in a career marked by tantrums and personality clashes.
Later, in Belarus, Allegri told the pre-match media
conference: "We will play for Antonio. There are so many other
aspects apart from the sporting ones and we're all saddened."
Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho will part company at the end of the current season
Manchester City midfielder called up to the England squad for summer friendlies
Spurs miss out on Champions League again despite highest Premier League points tally
Champions closer to matching Real Madrid's La Liga record of 100 points with 2-1 win
Ten years on, the legends speak to FFT
Your questions answered by an A to Z of legends
He's here, he's there, he's...
The cost of Premier League away travel
Nike CR7 IX for you
FourFourTwo is brought to you by Haymarket Consumer Media & FourFourTwo is part of Haymarket Sport
| International Licensing | © Haymarket Media Group 2010