GdS: Probable Milan XI vs. Fiorentina – Paqueta to be benched; Gabbia in line for start

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli is likely to make two changes to the starting XI that beat Torino on Monday for Saturday’s game against Fiorentina.

The Rossoneri put an end to their three-game winless run in all competitions on Monday night by beating Torino 1-0 at San Siro in Serie A, and this weekend they will face a Viola side who have struggled massively after a positive start to the season.

Pioli has a number of injury issues to contend with, particularly in the defensive department with three centre-backs out. Leo Duarte is still recovering from achilles tendon surgery, while Simon Kjaer and Mateo Musacchio both sustained muscle injuries in Monday’s win.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, this means that Matteo Gabbia – who made his league debut coming off the bench – could be in line for his first senior start for Milan.

Lucas Biglia and Rade Krunic are both also still recovering from their respective knocks and will play no part, while at present it seems as though Hakan Calhanoglu will not be risked. Giacomo Bonaventura is more likely to be the playmaker rather than Lucas Paqueta, the paper claims.

Ante Rebic will keep his position on the left and Davide Calabria will start over Andrea Conti at RB.

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