Mediaset: Extent of injury to Saelemaekers now known – Pioli’s plan to deal with the absentees

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are expected to be without winger Alexis Saelemaekers for at least the next three games as the Belgian is out with a sprained ankle.

The headline from Sunday’s game against Napoli (aside from a magnificent 3-1 win) was the fact that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be out for the next two or three weeks with a hamstring problem.

However, Saelemaekers also limped off in the second half and left the stadium on crutches, and SportMediaset (via MilanNews) have confirmed that the former Anderlecht starlet has suffered a sprained ankle. Saelemaekers could possibly return for the trip to Sampdoria on December 6 by our calculations.

Without Ibrahimovic and Leao, Pioli will move Rebic to the role of centre-forward with Hauge wide on the left, while on the right – where the Belgian usually plays – Castillejo and Brahim Diaz will alternate.

In this emergency situation, the two youngest members of the squad could also find space, namely Lorenzo Colombo and Daniel Maldini.

Tags AC Milan Alexis Saelemaekers Brahim Diaz Daniel Maldini Jens Petter Hauge Lorenzo Colombo Rafael Leao Samu Castillejo