Sky: Milan’s probable XI for Napoli clash – Loftus-Cheek keeps attacking role

By Euan Burns -

AC Milan will look to continue their chase of Juventus in Serie A on Sunday night as they host Napoli at the Stadio San Siro, with Stefano Pioli having to shuffle the pack slightly. 

As reported by Sky Sport Italia (see photos below), Pioli is going to have to make a change in midfield as Tijjani Reijnders has got a one-game suspension due to too many yellow cards.

His absence means that Ismael Bennacer is set to come in for a rare start, given he has been injured almost all season and was then at the Africa Cup of Nations with Algeria.

He will have Yacine Adli alongside him, but with a 4-2-3-1 formation in use, Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be higher up the field in an attacking role, playing behind Olivier Giroud and in between Christian Pulisic and Rafael Leao.

The back four will look as expected, given none of the injured defenders have returned to fitness just yet and there is no debate over who the best full-backs are, From right to left, it will be Davide Calabria, Simon Kjaer, Matteo Gabbia and Theo Hernandez. Mike Maignan will be between the sticks.

Probable Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria, Kjaer, Gabbia, Hernandez; Adli, Bennacer; Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Leao; Giroud.

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