Pioli fails to rule out move for new striker but declares: “It is normal to go into difficulty”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli remained coy when asked about a potential move in January to strengthen the attacking department.

The injuries sustained by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Rafael Leao which are keeping both out at present plus the elbow problem Ante Rebic has just come back from has led some to suggest Milan need another striker to be able to help the Swede manage his minutes.

MilanNews reported last night that the club’s priority is to sign a new central defender during the January window at the moment rather than a deputy to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Pioli though believes that being thin in certain departments is natural throughout the course of the season but that absences take away the ability to rotate, which could perhaps be a hint that there isn’t quite enough depth.

According to MilanNews, a reporter asked him: “Do you not experience anxiety when there are absences in the attacking department and if there is an opportunity in the January market, will you intervene?”

Pioli responded: “I say that life is already complicated and difficult, do not get anxious, there is no need. When you are dealing with multiple problems in a single department it is normal to go into difficulty, in any department.

“We have the skills to to be able to make up for the shortcomings, we have recovered Castillejo and Saelemaekers. It is clear that the absence of players in the same department has taken away something from us in terms of rotations, above all.

“There are also Colombo and Maldini, who I am sure will be able to be ready when we need them of them. I hope to have all the squad available to be able to make the best choices.”

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