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The 32-year-old is out for a month with a thigh problem after apparently trying to emulate the Colombian trickster…

Milan goalkeeper Marco Storari injured a tendon in his left thigh ten days ago prior to Roma’s visit to the San Siro.

Press reports even speculated that the setback would keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season, but Milan have insisted that the net-minder is scheduled for a return to action in mid-November.

However, it has now emerged that the former Fiorentina man suffered the problem when he was trying to perform the scorpion kick that was the trademark of former Colombian international Rene Higuita.

Sportmediaset.it claims that Storari lingered on the pitch at Milanello after the final training session on Sunday morning ahead of the kick-off with Roma.

And, out of the blue, he suddenly attempted the spectacular kick invented by Higuita where the goalkeeper does a somersault in the air and hits the ball with his heels.

It was quite an attempt but unfortunately Storari did not manage a smooth landing and he soon realised that he couldn’t get up.

With Christian Abbiati still recovering from knee surgery, the mishap has paved the way the return of the hapless Dida between the posts and the Brazilian signalled his intent straight away with a terrible error at the Bernabeu in the game against Real Madrid. He did, however, redeem himself somewhat with a superb point-blank save at the death last weekend as Milan defeated Chievo 2-1.

Vince Masiello, Goal.com


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