Theo Hernandez is virtually irreplaceable for AC Milan, but Fode Ballo-Toure will be called upon to fill the left-back vacancy against Empoli.
La Gazzetta dello Sport recalls that Ballo-Touré has remained in the shadows for several months and his last start was back on 19 December 2021, a defeat at San Siro against Napoli. Since then he played just four minutes in the five months between than and the end of the season, and this year he played for a quarter of an hour against Bologna.
In the 13 games played for the Rossoneri, six of these were as a starter and now he will have to replace Theo Hernandez at the Stadio Carlo Castellani.
Ballo-Touré is actually still hunting for his first goal as a senior player too, so there is an added motivation for him to make a mark tomorrow night in Tuscany against Empoli, with Leao ahead of him on the left wing.