CM: Giroud’s injury makes life difficult for Milan – Pioli now has three options

By Isak Möller -

Olivier Giroud sustained an injury in the mid-week clash against Atletico Madrid, forced to leave the pitch in the second half. By the looks of it, he will be out for quite some time and that is bad news for AC Milan. 

The French striker, as reported by, will require further checks in ten days and the fear is that he could miss the rest of 2021. Should that be the case, he will miss between five and seven games for Milan.

Among these are the clashes against Liverpool and Napoli, for which the Rossoneri will need Zlatan Ibrahimovic in good form. They don’t want to overwork the Swede, therefore and as highlighted by, Stefano Pioli has two more options.

The injury-riddled Pietro Pellegri is the first one. He isn’t included in the Champions League squad but could play an important role in the ‘less tough’ games in Serie A, such as Salernitana and Empoli.

In addition to the Monaco loanee, Pioli could deploy Rafael Leao in the No.9 role, with Rade Krunic or maybe even Alexis Saelemaekers in the left-wing role. The Portuguese youngster has played a lot lately but has proved to be very important.

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Tags AC Milan Olivier Giroud Pietro Pellegri Rafael Leao Stefano Pioli Zlatan Ibrahimovic


  1. What about Messias? I think he would be more suited to playing up front than Leao.

    Not sure why you would take the threat of Leao coming from wide and deep by putting him up front. Clearly he plays better as a wide player than as a finisher.

  2. This is precisely the reason we must invest heavily in a world class striker who can play 40 plus games a season = Vlahovic. We cannot continue ur to rely on stickers older than 35 and expect them to stay healthy an entire season. Pls sign Vlahovic and we are set for the next 10 years

  3. He has already made Fiorentina relevent,unfortunately I seriously doubt AC will step up and be able to compete in the bidding war. AC is youngest team in Serie A even with Giroud and Ibra, and agree we need some young talent at striker….I like Leao for the time being as heir apparent still young but super talented. On a second note they have to sign Theo,personally I would move him to centerback sometime in the future, or for a few games against weaker teams in the schedule to see how he responds, big and strong he is great wingback but he has a nose for scoring and assists, proven by his success on the French Nat’l team at that position. Krunic has shown me nothing.

    1. You finally said my mind..

      He is just a waste of space and we keep paying him.
      Balo is still commendable but, Giroud is a total waste.
      I wonder how our youth team is faring that they can’t even be integrated into the senior team. Very tragic.

      I also feel Theo can play as a winger just like how bale was converted.
      He has good high for goal, can make croses, nod, and will also fall back to do some defending.

      Milan still lack depth

  4. Time to give roback so minutes if pellegri doesnt step up, the guy is half a year away from turning 19 so either give him some minutes or loan him out to another team.

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