A terrible blow is looming for Niko Kovac

Bad news fell for AS Monaco on the eve of the reception of Real Sociedad on the 5th day of the Europa League.

Bad news for AS Monaco before Real Sociedad

Current leader of its group, AS Monaco can take an important step towards qualifying for the next round on Thursday. The Principality’s club receives Real Sociedad, its runner-up, for the 5th day of the Europa League. A victory against the Spaniards would ensure the qualification of ASM for the eighth. Niko Kovac’s men had brought the bridge back to the draw during the last confrontation between the two teams. For the reception of the Basque club, the Monegasque coach has summoned a group of 23 players. Cesc Fabregas and Krépin Diatta are missing. In its last medical press release, the Principality club took stock of the situation of its Senegalese striker. The news is far from good.

Long absence in sight for Diatta

Krépin Diatta injured against Lille

As indicated by AS Monaco, Krépin Diatta suffers from a « lesion of the anterior cruciate ligament of the left knee ». The 22-year-old winger is due to undergo surgery soon. Which should keep him away from the land for several months. The Senegalese striker should in particular the next African Football Cup with the Lions of Téranga as well as the dams for the 2022 World Cup. A big blow is therefore looming for both his club and his country. Before his injury, the former Brugge had scored two goals this season in 13 appearances. He was notably a goalscorer on the last day of the championship during the draw against LOSC (2-2).

As for Cesc Fabregas, ASM ensures that the Spanish environment is re-athletic phase. Affected by ischio, the midfielder has only played 5 games since the start of the season. His last appearance on the green rectangle dates back to September 16 during the first day of the Europa League.

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