Antonio Cassano Italian Football Suspected Stroke Milan

One of Italian football's brightest talents, Antonio Cassano, is recovering in hospital after reportedly suffering a stroke.

The 29-year-old AC Milan striker was taken ill on a flight back from his side's 3-2 win over AS Roma on Sunday.

Reports in Italy had claimed the forward had suffered a "suspected stroke" but that's being denied by club officials, who claim Cassano is making a "marked improvement".

His AC Milan team mates are currently in Belarus preparing to play BATE Borisov in the Champions League.

His side's coach, Massimiliano Allegri, is dedicating the fixture to Cassano.

"We will play for Antonio. There are so many aspects apart from the sporting ones and we're all saddened.

"The team is calm but disappointed at what has happened. From the human point of view it's always disappointing, especially when it happens to a lad of 29."

Cassano is one of Italy's biggest stars after a career of big money transfers and off-the-field controversies.

He has played for some of Europe's biggest clubs including AS Roma and Real Madrid but has a "bad-boy" reputation after a series of bust-ups with coaches and appearances in the Italian tabloid press.

But Cassano has flourished since joining Milan in January, earning a regular spot in the Italy squad and becoming a father for the first time.

He will undergo further tests over the next few days at the Policlinico hospital in Milan.


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