GdS: Pioli welcomes rejuvenated right flank – how Milan should line up with returnees

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli can look forward to having a rejuvenates right flank over the winter break as Davide Calabria and Alexis Saelemakers should return.

La Gazzetta dello Sport talks about the recovery of Calabria, Saelemaekers and Alessandro Florenzi. The latter’s return is scheduled for February, but the other two players will instead return to the field when the season resumes after the break for the World Cup.

These are two important returns that will allow the Milan boss to first of all get his starting right-back in the line-up again, and will also give him a valid alternative to Junior Messias on the right flank in attack.

Calabria and Saelemaekers – whose importance in Pioli’s Milan is often underestimated – will be two ‘reinforcements’ that should take the field as early as January 4 at Salernitana, when Mike Maignan will also return with them in goal.

With their recoveries, Pioli will no longer have to battle an emergency on the right wing where the injuries of the aforementioned plus the struggles of Sergino Dest and Junior Messias meant adapting players to different roles.

Now Calabria is back, for example, Kalulu will be able to return full-time to playing as a central defender, while with the Belgian again available, Pioli will be able to alternate him with Messias, without moving Brahim Diaz or Rebic to the flank.

Tags AC Milan Alexis Saelemaekers Davide Calabria
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