GdS: Leao vs. Colombo and the wingers – dilemmas for Pioli to ponder ahead of Rio Ave

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli still faces a selection dilemma ahead of Thursday’s game against Rio Ave in Portugal, a report claims.

The Rossoneri head into their Europa League Play-Off having already seen off Shamrock Rovers and Bodo/Glimt in the previous rounds, but face another knockout game against Portuguese opposition to determine whether they will qualify for the group stages.

Pioli has a depleted squad to choose from with defender Mateo Musacchio, Leo Duarte, Alessio Romagnoli and Andrea Conti not fit, while Ante Rebic is suspended (and injured) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic has Coronavirus.

According to Wednesday’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews), the only attacking player sure of a starting spot is Hakan Calhanoglu, who will play behind the striker.

As winger, two of Castillejo, Saelemaekers and Brahim Diaz will start the game, while it remains to be seen whether Rafael Leao or Lorenzo Colombo gets the nod up front, though the latter is ahead in the race at this stage.

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