Calabria and Mexes expected to start against Bologna, Honda again behind Balotelli and Bacca

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With Luca Antonelli and Ignazio Abate injured, Davide Calabria will get his chance from the start while Philippe Mexes is preferred over Cristian Zapata and a not-100%-Alex da Costa.

Milan confirmed on Tuesday that Antonelli sustained a partial tear to his right calf muscle against Frosinone and he’s therefore out of the squad for the match on Saturday evening against Bologna. Abate also hasn’t trained in the past few days with a minor injury and he’s not available for selection. That means that coach Cristian Brocchi has to do without his two starting fullbacks against Roberto Donadoni’s side.

That’s why the 19-year-old Calabria will play from the start on one side of the defense with Mattia De Sciglio playing on the other. And with Alex da Costa not 100%, it’s suggested that Philippe Mexes will take his place alongside Alessio Romagnoli, leaving Cristian Zapata on the bench.

In midfield Jose Mauri, Juraj Kucka and Riccardo Montolivo will once again play from the get-go. Andrea Bertolacci is back in the squad but is expected to be left out of the starting XI. In attack, with Jeremy Menez out due to back problems, Carlos Bacca and Mario Balotelli will play with the Japanese Keisuke Honda behind them in a 4-3-1-2. Luiz Adriano will offer alternatives from the bench.

Probable XI (via Milannews.it): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Calabria, Mexes, Alessio Romagnoli, Mattia De Sciglio; Juraj Kucka, Riccardo Montolivo, Jose Mauri; Honda; Mario Balotelli, Carlos Bacca.

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Mark
Mark
5 years ago

Mahraz is the man pay him 20m or 15m

Milan10
Milan10
5 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Yeah and leicester’re going to accept those 20 mill for their very own epl player of the season just like that, right?

Hydar
Hydar
5 years ago

Getting ready for another defeat.

Milan10
Milan10
5 years ago

So, what is monto still doing on starting line up?

Bynz
Bynz
5 years ago

Locatelli should be starting instead of Monto its the end of the season play the damn youngster. I would like to see Bertolacci, Monto, KPB, Menez, Mexes, Zapata, Adriano and Lopez (altho i would like to keep the last two as back up)out of the squad. Since SES will be sold we must integrate Suso when he returns, keep Balo you must admit he plays well you just need a system and the right players to support the attack, we dont need a big squad of players since we aint playing in more than one league that would be taxing… Read more »