ML: Probable Milan XI to face Atalanta – Panic stations for Pioli could see Kessie at CB

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has a nightmare situation on his hands ahead of Friday’s game against Atalanta at San Siro.

The Rossoneri head coach will be without the suspended Ismael Bennacer and Theo Hernandez as well as the injured trio of Mateo Musacchio, Leo Duarte and Alessio Romagnoli.

There are also doubts about the fitness of Simon Kjaer, meaning that Matteo Gabbia is the only fully fit centre-back as it stands, but if the Dane recovers then he will partner the Italian.

As MilanLive notes, the most natural partner for Gabbia if Kjaer isn’t fit is Franck Kessie, something which means Rade Krunic would then become Lucas Biglia’s midfield partner.

In defense Davide Calabria will replace Conti on the right side, while Laxalt will take the place of Theo Hernandez on the left. Thankfully for Pioli, there are no major problems in the attacking department.

Probable Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Calabria, Gabbia, Kjaer (Kessie), Laxalt; Kessie (Krunic), Biglia; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Rebic; Ibrahimovic.

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