Vincenzo Montella is expected to give rest to Alessio Romagnoli (suffers from flu symptoms) while Manuel Locatelli and Carlos Bacca could also be benched.
Milan face Mihajlovic’s Torino in the Coppa Italia on Thursday at Stadio San Siro (21:00 CET kickoff) and then again on Monday in Serie A (20:45 CET) away.
Coach Vincenzo Montella received some good and some bad news in training today ahead of the double encounter:
The good news is that Juraj Kucka, who missed the last game due to a knock to his knee, and Ignazio Abate, who was subbed out against Cagliari after less than 30 minutes following a bad interaction with Bruno Alves, both trained normally on Tuesday with the squad and should be ready to play.
The bad news is that Alessio Romagnoli didn’t take part in training as the Italian center back has been hit by a flu. Gustavo Gomez will replace Romagnoli against Torino and will play alongside Gabriel Paletta at the heart of the defense. In addition to this change, which was planned by Montella even before he found out of Alessio’s influenza, the boss is reportedly thinking of more XI changes.
According to Milannews.it, it’s possible that Manuel Locatelli will be given some rest with Andrea Bertolacci given the regista role. The same source expects Mario Pasalic to start from the bench with one of Jose Sosa and Andrea Poli starting in midfield, along with one of Kucka and Bonaventura.
In attack, Keisuke Honda could replace M’Baye Niang with Suso on the other flank. Montella will also have to decide between Carlos Bacca, who finally returned to scoring, and Gianluca Lapadula.