Inter Milan have suffered a huge blow after striker Diego Milito damaged his cruciate ligaments on Thursday night, ruling him out for the rest of the season. 

Milito was making a return from injury against CFR Cluj in the Europa League, after a month on the sidelines, but his return was short lived as he left the pitch after seven minutes when his studs became planted in the turf causing him to twist his knee.  

The loss of Milito is a massive blow to Inter coach Andrea Stramaccioni, with the Argentine netting nine goals in 20 games for the Italian side this season.

"It's his cruciate ligament, a new type of injury for Diego, nothing to do with the problems he's had before," Stramaccioni said.

"Unfortunately that takes some of the shine off the win, which was otherwise very positive.

"We're gutted for Diego as a person first and foremost, and then of course for what he represents as a player. We need to see when he'll have the operation.

"He is a huge loss for us because he's our only out-and-out centre forward.

"We'd planned for him and (Rodrigo) Palacio to play part of the game each tonight to keep them both fresh, but when you get injured seven minutes into the match it's just sheer bad luck.

"We're all saddened, all of us, and I feel particularly close to the lad personally. We're all very down about it," he added. 

Milan won last night's clash 2-0, thanks to two goals from Rodrigo Palacio, but sitting in fourth place in Serie A, Milito's injury could prove pivotal in their bid to secure a Champions League position. 

The 33-year-old played an instrumental part in Inter’s 2010 Champions League success, as he scored both goals against Bayern Munich in their 2-0 victory. 


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