AC Milan are all set for Thursday’s crucial Europa League group stage encounter against Lille, with the starting XI now decided.
According to MilanNews, a back four of Dalot, Kjaer, Gabbia and Theo Hernandez will be in front of Donnarumma, who is expected to be the captain. Bennacer and Tonali will form the midfield pairing as Kessie will be rested.
The absence of Ibrahimovic, Leao and Saelemaekers forces changes in the attacking trident, which will see Castillejo on the right and Hauge on the left, with the latter set for his first start. Calhanoglu will be the playmakers behind Rebic, once again the auxiliary centre-forward.
Probable Milan XI (4-2-3-1): G. Donnarumma; Dalot, Kjaer, Gabbia, Theo Hernandez; Tonali, Bennacer; Castillejo; Calhanoglu; Hauge; Rebic.
MilanNews add that during the team’s inspection of the Stade Pierre Mauroy upon their arrival, the squad met in the middle of the pitch and there was a speech, where several players took the floor, to charge up the group even further.