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 By Ben Gladwell

AC Milan's M'Baye Niang injures ankle in car accident

M'Baye Niang will not play for AC Milan this week after suffering ankle ligament damage.

AC Milan forward M'Baye Niang says the shock was greater than the pain after he was involved in a road accident on Saturday.

The 21-year-old forward "sustained a capsular ligament injury in his left ankle and a bruised left shoulder" in the crash, according to a statement on the Serie A club's website.

The French forward's car slid off the road in the area of Legnano, in the Province of Varese on Saturday night when he was driving to a bowling alley after eating out at a restaurant.

He has been left out of the squad to face Alessandria in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday night, while reports in Italy said he could miss up to two months.

But he wrote on Twitter on Monday to allay fears his season could be over, and to set the record straight as to how the crash occurred. There had been a lot of heavy rain, sleet and snow in northern Italy on Saturday and he says that was the only cause of the accident. La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that he tested negative in an alcohol test.

"To bring an end to the rumours and other speculation, the only reason this accident happened was because of the climatic conditions," he wrote on Twitter. "My friend and I are fine, my club have been informed of my injury.

"I would like to thank you sincerely for your support. See you very soon back on the field."

Another Tweet said: "Hello everybody, I just wanted to inform you that my driver and I are in good health. The car went into aquaplaning, it was scarier than it was painful. [I'm] ready for the end of the season with Milan #ForzaMilan."

Niang has scored five goals in 16 Serie A appearances for the Rossoneri this season, after missing the first ten games of the campaign with a fractured toe.

Milan captain Riccardo Montolivo will also miss the Coppa Italia second leg against Alessandria as precaution as he deals with an Achilles injury.

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