AC Milan will play Inter in the derby next week and amid question marks regarding Olivier Giroud’s condition, Stefano Pioli could field either Luka Jovic or Noah Okafor. It’s the first mercato battle of the season, as a report states.
Giroud left France’s camp early due to a minor ankle injury and he has already started the recovery process. It’s believed that he will make it back in time and play from start against Inter, but Stefano Pioli cannot be caught unprepared.
As highlighted by Calciomercato.com, Jovic vs. Okafor is the first proper mercato battle of the season. The two arrived this summer and need to prove their value, hoping to get the opportunity to shine in the derby.
Jovic has not made a single training session with Milan yet and thus Okafor is quite clearly the favourite in case Giroud can’t make it. However, everything will depend on what Pioli will see from the two in the training sessions leading up to the game.
Down the line, it seems the idea is to have Okafor as the deputy for Rafael Leao and Jovic as the deputy for Giroud. Now, however, the two are battling it out.