Milan Skriniar’s long absence might have an explanation at last. It has now been reported that the Slovakian has had surgery to deal with a lumbar vertebra fracture which has kept him out since February, and will remain sidelined for the remainder of the 2022/23 season. Skriniar confirmed the rumors with an instagram post from a hospital bed saying “I want to hug my teammates and thank them for the amazing qualification to the Champions League semis and also reassure everyone on my condition after the injury suffered in the first leg against Porto. Yesterday, in agreement with Inter, I underwent surgery to return to action as soon as possible. A brief rehab will follow it.” (Translation via FootballItalia)
Skriniar has already signed a pre-contract with PSG and thus will leave Inter this summer, but it appears as though he’s already played his last minutes for the Nerazzurri. It’s a sad ending to a story that promised so much at point, with Skriniar the heir-apparent to the captain’s armband at one point. Nonetheless, money talks and PSG had a willingness to spend it, whereas Inter had an inability to do so, and that was that.