Carlos Bacca will miss a match for the first time since joining Milan, and Vincenzo Montella thinks of several alternatives.
The Colombian is not having a particularly good spell as it’s been 6 games since Bacca last scored a goal in the red and black jersey of Milan (his last was against Sassuolo in that crazy 4-3 win).
Bacca was given credit in the Derby della Madonnina on Sunday and while he failed to score, he assisted Suso’s second goal. He was expected to start against Empoli on Saturday too, but as he turns out – he will not be available for the game.
“Milan announces that during Sunday night’s match against Inter, Bacca suffered a flexor strain to his right thigh. The player will undergo further examination next week,” a statement on the Rossoneri’s website reads on Wednesday, confirming that the 30-year-old – for the first time since joining the club from Sevilla last summer – will be unavailable for selection, after 51 consecutive games.
According to Sky Italia, Montella is thinking about three solutions to replace Bacca. The first is the most obvious one and it’s starting Gianluca Lapadula in his place, the second option is giving a start to Luiz Adriano, while the third option is moving M’Baye Niang to the center, allowing Giacomo Bonaventura and Suso to play on the wings, with Matias Fernandez or Mario Pasalic in midfield.
Lapadula, along with Manuel Locatelli, spent the last two days with Italy coach Giampiero Ventura in the ‘stage’ for the Azzurri’s next-generation and tomorrow, when he returns to training at Milanello, it will become clearer what Montella’s choice for the delicate match with Empoli is.
Meanwhile, Alessio Romagnoli’s situation continues to be monitored and Milan hope to have the center back ready to face the squad of Giovanni Martusciello at 20:45 CET on Saturday night.