The ex-Porto man could get his first start at San Siro in 3 days, while there are also reports that Montolivo will be benched with Locatelli taking over.
Milan beat Craiova 1-0 last Thursday but they did not impress in Romania, and coach Vincenzo Montella seems to be thinking about making changes ahead of the return leg at San Siro this week (August 3rd, 20:45 CET kickoff).
According to Sky Italia, it is possible that André Silva will play from the start. 19-year-old Patrick Cutrone was picked last week following his very impressive performances in pre-season but the €40m man from Porto could get his first starting XI appearance.
The 21-year-old started training late with the squad, but Montella seems to believe that he is now fit enough to play. In addition to Andre, Manuel Locatelli could also be given the start. Sky’s Peppe Di Stefano said on Monday that Montella likes Locatelli very much and after taking his name off the transfer market list, he is now ready to give him minutes over current captain Riccardo Montolivo.
Sky also reports that Suso could make his return and start alongside Silva and one of Fabio Borini and M’Baye Niang. There should be no surprises in midfield with Franck Kessié and Jack Bonaventura playing, while in defense there is a doubt between Andrea Conti and Ignazio Abate.
Bonucci and Biglia are still not eligible to play, so Montella will be without them on Thursday. Montella has a few more days to decide on his XI as Milan want to impress on their San Siro return.