Rade Krunic did not come off of the bench for AC Milan against Sassuolo on Saturday because he had a back issue, a report claims.

As has been reported by DAZN (viaCalciomercato.com), the Bosnian midfielder played no part against the Neroverdi as he gestured towards his back when asked to come off the bench in the second half.

Whilst there is no actual suggestion that this was not the truth, it is certainly symbolic of the fact that Krunic is on his way out of the club and no longer has a significant role to play in the team.

It seemed very likely that Krunic would leave in the summer transfer window but Fenerbahce did not come up with a big enough bid and Milan were not actively trying to sell the midfielder as he had taken on a renewed importance.

This season, that importance has waned and it has become clear that he would like to depart for more regular game time.

Fenerbahce and Lyon are both expected to come forward with bids in January as Milan gave his agent permission to speak to clubs.

It is not implausible to think that Krunic has played his last minutes in a Milan shirt.

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