ALEXANDRE PATO’S recovery is going well as he found the net twice earlier on Saturday.
Pato is back and fit but far from 100%. In fact, the Duck hasn’t featured for Milan since the Champions League clash against FC Barcelona in April 2012 but he’s back in training and even played a game today.
The 23-year-old played with Aldo Dolcetti’s Primavera team on Saturday against Pro Vercelli’s Primavera side. Pato started in attack, while Gabriel and Adria Carmona (who returned from injury) also played.
Pato looked rusty and a bit lost throughout big spells of the game as it’s his first game since the friendly with the Brazilian national team in which he scored twice. It took Pato 38 minutes to find the back of the net, thanks to a great free-kick. Three minutes into the second half, Pato scored – once again it was a free-kick.
Pro Vercelli managed to score in the 55′ minute, beating Andrenacci, who replaced Gabriel – who had an excellent half – on half time. “It’s a pleasure for me to play with the Primavera. They’re great guys and I’m happy to be at Milan,” Gabriel said to Sportitalia. “I’m working on becoming a starter for Milan. It has been my objective ever since I came here. The derby is an important match and I hope that Milan will win it.”
Pato was replaced in the 63′ minute and his recovery continues. He will obviously not play in the derby tomorrow but will surely be there tomorrow with the fans to cheer for the Rossoneri at Stadio San Siro.
Milan won 2-1 (above: a video of Pato being replaced by Andrea Petagna today). The 11 players Dolcetti started: Gabriel, Bastone, Tamas, Lucarini, Piccinocchi, Pinato, Bortoli, Cristante, Pato, Carmona, De Feo.