Simon Kjaer is still recovering from the injury which has kept him on the sidelines in the last eight games. In fact, the Dane might not make it back for the game against Newcastle, extending the injury crisis at the back.
Milan have four centre-backs on the injury list and Theo Hernandez has played as a centre-back in the last two games. Against Newcastle, many were hoping for the return of but it looks like the Frenchman will have to play in the centre again.
While Rafael Leao has returned to training, which you can read more about here, the situation isn’t the same for Kjaer. According to MilanNews, the Dane continued his personal program today and while there is still time left, he remains in ‘strong doubt’ for the trip to Newcastle.
Milan also have Davide Bartesaghi in the Champions League squad, who mainly is a left-back but also played in the centre during the pre-season. Given his young age, and the importance of the game, Pioli will most likely continue with Hernandez in the centre.
New tactical solutions will have to be implemented as Milan struggled big time defensively against Atalanta on Saturday evening. Against the English side, the Rossoneri will need to go back to basics, making everything as easy as possible.