Pioli confirms Krunic will miss Atalanta trip but backs Pobega to step up

By Oliver Fisher -

After starting the first game of the season against Udinese at San Siro, AC Milan midfielder Rade Krunic now seems set for a period on the sidelines.

Pioli spoke at his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to face Atalanta and as part of that he was asked about the decision to target Udinese’s left side, with his comments relayed by MilanNews.

As part of that, he revealed that Krunic will not be available for the short trip to Bergamo due to the fact he has sustained a muscle problem that must be further evaluated to determine his period of absence.

“It was a situation dictated more by Udinese and testifies to the fact that we are a mature team and tomorrow it will be important to read the game,” he said.

“Running a lot in possession of the ball is not a good solution, tomorrow we have to move a lot. Tomorrow there will be no Krunic who has had a muscle problem and we will see how bad it will be.”

That does make the decision regarding who to play in midfield somewhat easier given that Sandro Tonali is now back into the fold and is almost certain to start.

Pioli was also asked about how important it is for the team that Tommaso Pobega is back to full fitness and can now contribute to the team again.

“He has to. He has important characteristics. I bet. He is better, he had a small problem that made him miss training and friendlies, but he is ready to be available to do his part.”

Tags AC Milan Rade Krunic Stefano Pioli

1 Comment

  1. Damn. It means Tonali may have to start before being fully recovered, or one of Adli/Pobega who may not be ready either, or Bakayoko gets the start (ugh).

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