The Italian prime minister is recovering at San Raffaele hospital after being hit in the face by a statuette thrown at him during a political rally in Milan.

Berlusconi suffered a fractured nose, two broken teeth and a lip injury.

A statement from the club read: "There's just one voice from Milan and all the Milan fans: solidarity and affection towards president Berlusconi."

The 73-year-old was kept under observation in hospital last night and will need up to 15 days to recover.