The Wigan Athletic fullback was set for a stunning move to Milan until a medical showed that he had an irregularity
U.S. men’s national team fullback Antonee Robinson revealed a dream move to Milan broke down after his medical with the club revealed a heart problem.
The left-back looked set to leave English second-tier side Wigan Athletic when Milan made their move on deadline day in January.
However, the 22-year-old saw his hopes of a San Siro switch dashed in the window’s final moments when a health issue became apparent during routine checks.
Robinson has not played in the six weeks since that transfer collapsed, and has now disclosed he will undergo a procedure in an effort to control his heart rhythm.
“During my medical for a potential transfer to Milan on deadline day, an irregularity was picked up in my heart rhythm,” Robinson said, in a statement released by Wigan.
“Further testing was required to ensure the move could be finalised and ratified, though there was not enough time to complete this before the transfer deadline.”
Robinson said he has “undergone a period of testing and treatment” and despite feeling “absolutely fine”, he acknowledges the issue must be dealt with before he can return to playing matches.
He added: “Following consultation with the club’s medical staff and independent specialists, it has been decided I will need a medical procedure later this month to address the irregularity in my heart rhythm – a procedure called an ablation.”
One of the most frustrating periods of my life, I still feel fit and have been desperate to play! But everyone at Wigan has been so supportive and obviously health comes before football. Can’t wait to be be back playing with the boys https://t.co/wpKZPXoNNL
— Antonee robinson (@Antonee_Jedi) March 12, 2020
Robinson originally came up through Everton‘s youth academy after joining the Merseyside club at the age of 11.
Following a pair of loan spells to Bolton and Wigan, he made a permanent move to the latter in July 2019, signing a three-year contract with the Championship club.
He made 30 appearances for the club before the discovery of his heart issue, having also scored one goal in Championship play.
Internationally, Robinson was eligible to represent England or the U.S., having been born in Milton Keynes to an American father.
He featured for the U.S. from the U-18 level on up before making his senior debut in May 2018 in a match against Bolivia.
Robinson has gone on to earn seven total caps, with his most recent coming against Jamaica in June 2019.