Milan boss Pioli confirms defender’s season may be over; demands more from Leao

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has revealed that the season is likely over for one defended, while he has criticised Rafael Leao.

The Rossoneri get their Serie A campaign back underway on Monday night as they face the trip south for a game against relegation battlers Lecce.

Pioli will be without striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is continuing to recover from a calf injury, while centre-back duo Leo Duarte and Mateo Musacchio will both be unavailable too.

Pioli spoke to the media before the game with his words transcribed by MilanNews, and he gave an update on the aforementioned injured trio.

“They are the three players who will not be called up. Ibra is better, he will have another control next week. He is working with great dedication and commitment,” he said.

“Unfortunately for Musacchio, I think the season may have ended, he had been carrying this problem for some time. Duarte may be available for the next game.”

Pioli was also asked about Rafael Leao, Lorenzo Colombo and Daniel Maldini and whether they can help fill Milan’s goal void in Ibrahimovic’s absence.

Pioli responded by challenging Leao, who has struggled for form this season since his arrival from Lille and was criticised for a lethargic performance against Juventus.

“I certainly want more from Leao. He must be more aware of his potential. Colombo is very young but has good qualities, like Daniel.

“We have young layers of potential who have quality and potential to be Milan-worthy players. There are some good characteristics to work on.”

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