Rome – AC Milan striker Antonio Cassano suffered a stroke in the mystery illness that has seen him confined to hospital for two days, Italian news agency Ansa reported Monday.
Milan have refused to comment on the claim but Ansa say they have the information upon good authority.
They say Cassano suffered an ischaemic stroke, which happens when blood supply to part of the brain is decreased, leading to dysfunction of the brain tissue in that area.
“We don't comment on claims that haven't come either from the club or the Policlino (hospital) while waiting for further tests and exams which will be able to establish an effective diagnosis,” said Milan.
Cassano was taken ill on Milan's return from Rome in the early hours of Sunday morning, following a 3-2 win over Roma, and the 29-year-old was admitted to the Policlino hospital in Milan.
He was suffering from difficulties in his speech and movement.
In hospital Cassano was transferred to the neurological department where he was to undergo tests on his heart and brain.