Milan have confirmed Rade Krunić suffered a stress fracture in his right foot during their 4-2 victory against Torino in the Coppa Italia quarter finals.

The midfielder arrived at San Siro last summer after the Rossoneri agreed an €8m deal for his transfer. 2019/20 has proved to be a testing campaign for Krunić, with Marco Giampaolo and Stefano Pioli giving him a combined four league starts.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international was absent for Milan's 1-1 draw at home to Hellas Verona on Sunday. Hakan Çalhanoğlu grabbed the hosts' equaliser just before the half-hour, but draws will not do for Pioli's side, with fourth-place Atalanta now ten points ahead of them.

Rade Krunic

The loss of Krunić to injury - announced on the club's ​official website - is hardly the heaviest of blows for the Rossoneri after their summer signing failed to capitalise on Pioli's appointment in October.

He'd barely featured under Giampaolo before he was relieved of his duties following a troubling beginning to the season.

The coach was dismissed after seven rounds of action in this year's ​Serie A, with Milan already trailing leaders ​Juventus - who had a game in hand - by nine points.

Unfortunately for Krunić, Pioli has shown the same attitude as his predecessor, often overlooking the 26-year-old.

Stefano Pioli

He had been a regular starter at Empoli for the last three seasons, two of which were played in the top-flight of Italian football. However, he has faced stiffer competition for places since moving to Lombardy.

High-calibre players such as Franck Kessié, Lucas Paquetá and Çalhanoğlu are among those ahead of him in the pecking order.

Krunić was one of Milan's less notable purchases in the summer after the Rossoneri secured deals for Rafael Leão, Theo Hernández and Ante Rebic during the off-season, along with several others.

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