AC Milan will face Newcastle in the final round of the Champions League group stage tomorrow. Both teams are struggling with many injuries, which could make for an even match-up, and everything will be on the line.
The group of death has lived up to its name so far as second place remains reachable for three teams heading into the final round. Borussia Dortmund have already secured their spot in the Round of 16, so the battle will be between Milan, Newcastle and Paris Saint-Germain.
As reported by Sky Italia (via MilanNews), a total of seven Newcastle players will miss out on the game tomorrow: Nick Pope, Sven Botman, Matt Targett, Dan Burn, Elliot Anderson, Jacob Murphy and Sandro Tonali. The latter, a former Milan man, is suspended for his betting activities.
Milan also have a fair amount of absences to deal with: Marco Sportiello, Pierre Kalulu, Simon Kjaer, Malick Thiaw and Marco Pellegrino. The good news is that the likes of Rafael Leao and Noah Okafor will be available for the big clash.
Especially Leao will be an important return, as Milan have struggled on the attacking flanks in recent games. Christian Pulisic has done well, but Samuel Chukwueze has not been able to live up to the expectations.