Italy 1-1 Spain

Late Ramos lunge leaves Montolivo laid low until April

AC Milan's Riccardo Montolivo ruptured knee ligaments in a heavy collision with Spain defender Sergio Ramos during Italy's World Cup qualifier in Turin on Thursday.

Late Ramos lunge leaves Montolivo laid low until April
ALESSANDRO DI MARCO EFE

Italian international midfielder Riccardo Montolivo was ruled out for six months on Friday after suffering a knee injury in the 1-1 draw against Spain in their World Cup qualifier.

Ramos collision 

Montolivo was hurt in a tackle with Spain defender Sergio Ramos in the game in Turin on Thursday.

Riccardo Montolivo

His club AC Milan said that he had ruptured ligaments in his left knee and will require surgery, sidelining him for around six months.

Benassi called up 

Uncapped Torino midfielder Marco Benassi has been called into the Italy squad for Sunday's qualifier against Macedonia.