CorSera: Pioli considering three solutions to replace Ibrahimovic in Milan starting line-up

By Nikita Fesyukov -

Preparations continue for AC Milan, as Stefano Pioli’s men will face Crotone tomorrow evening at the Stadio Ezio Scida and will want to confirm their positive start to the season.

The Rossoneri have so far defeated Shamrock Rovers and Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League and Bologna in the Serie A opener. Crotone will be another test for Pioli’s team to confirm their positive form.

However, the Rossoneri will have to deal with the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who tested positive for COVID-19 before the match against Bodo/Glimt.

Thus, the Milan coach is now considering his options to replace Ibrahimovic, who is expected to miss at least the two next matches (Crotone and Rio Ave).

As reported by Corriere della Sera (via milannews.it), in all likelihood it will be Ante Rebic who will replace the Swede in the line-up against Crotone. But against Rio Ave it will be a tougher nut to crack, seeing as the Croatian is suspended.

For this reason, Pioli has two thoughts in mind. He will either rely on youngster Lorenzo Colombo or will try to accelerate the recovery of Rafael Leao, who had undergone 25 days of quarantine and has just resumed training.

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