Official: Sassuolo vs. Milan starting XIs – Diaz wins the battle for the left wing spot

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has made changes to his starting XI by virtue of necessity for the game against Sassuolo as he continues to battle an injury crisis.

The Rossoneri will be without Ibrahimovic, Kjaer, Gabbia, Rebic and Bennacer for the trip to the Mapei Stadium and it is highly likely that – with the exception of Rebic – all will be unavailable against Lazio too.

In the usual 4-2-3-1 formation, Gianluigi Donnarumma will be in goal protected by a centre-back pairing of Kalulu alongside Romagnoli, with Calabria at right-back and Theo Hernandez at left-back.

Tonali and Kessie will be the double pivot, while Saelemaekers is expected to be the right winger and Brahim Diaz the left winger. Calhanoglu will play behind Rafael Leao.

Official Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Calabria, Kalulu, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Kessie, Tonali; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Diaz; Leao.

Bench: A. Donnarumma, Tatarusanu, Dalot, Duarte, Musacchio, Krunic, Castillejo, Hauge, Colombo, Maldini, Roback.

Official Sassuolo XI (4-3-3): Consigli; Toljan, Marlon, Ferrari, Rogerio; Lopez, Bourabia, Traoré; Berardi, Djuricic, Defrel.

Bench: Pegolo, Turati, Ayhan, Kyriakopoulos, Marlon, Muldur, Peluso, Chiriches, Magnanelli, Obiang, Boga, Caputo, Raspadori.

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