Gabbia: Ibrahimovic’s absence ‘will weigh heavily’ but Milan are ‘ready and focused’

By Oliver Fisher -

Matteo Gabbia has confirmed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s absence for the game against Crotone is a burden, but the team are ‘focused’.

The Rossoneri will be looking to continue their perfect start to the season having won three out of three in all competitions, including a win in Monday’s Serie A opener against Bologna.

They face a newly-promoted Crotone side that were humbled by Genoa in Round 1, but they do so without Ibrahimovic and Leo Duarte – both of whom have Coronavirus – while defensive trio Alessio Romagnoli, Mateo Musacchio and Andrea Conti will miss out.

Gabbia spoke to Sky Italia before the game, with his words transcribed by MilanNews.

“Of course Ibra is one of the best players in the world, so his absence will weigh heavily,” he said.

“We have very strong players who replace him and we are ready and focused. We will do our best.”

He also spoke to Milan TV, adding: “We are fine and we want to win again, we are focused and determined.”

On Kjaer: “He is always a point of reference for me and for the younger players. It is an honour to play with him, I feel good. He always gives me lots of advice.”

On Crotone: “Crotone are a good team, there are many good players. We have to be careful, we have prepared well with the coach, we have to be good at playing our game.”

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