Tuttosport: Milan forced to cope without three key forwards – the three solutions Pioli is studying

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are battling not just one big injury at the moment but three, as they will have to deal without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Rafael Leao and Alexis Saelemaekers for the time being.

The Swede believes that he will be back in one or two weeks, while Leao and Saelemaekers are both expected back in around a week as per most media sources, but there are still a couple of games to contend with in that time.

According to what is being reported by Tuttosport (via MilanNews), there are three different sides that could be used by Stefano Pioli tomorrow night against Lille and in the following matches.

The first would see Ante Rebic as the centre-forward and behind him a trident composed by Hauge on the left, Calhanoglu in the middle and Castillejo on the right. The second alternative is the same, but has Brahim Diaz on the left instead of Hauge.

However, the third alternative involves not playing Rebic in the striker role as he has just recovered from an injury that kept him out for a month and therefore is not yet in top form.

Lorenzo Colombo could therefore certainly find some playing time as a substitute but also as a starter, perhaps in the Europa League matches against Celtic and Sparta Prague. Behind him would be Krunic, Calhanoglu and Diaz.

Tags AC Milan Alexis Saelemaekers Brahim Diaz Hakan Calhanoglu Jens Petter Hauge Rade Krunic Rafael Leao Samu Castillejo Zlatan Ibrahimovic