Coach Vincenzo Montella has some doubts heading into the match against Shkëndija, as even Leo Bonucci’s partner in defense is apparently not determined.
After getting past Romanian side Craiova, Milan now have to beat Macedonian outfit KF Shkëndija in order to get to the Europa League group stage, and the first match is on Thursday at San Siro (20:45 CET).
About 25k tickets have so far been sold for the match, and the team continues to train ahead of it. According to Sky Italia, however, Montella has yet to make up his mind regarding the starting XI.
Sky’s Peppe Di Stefano says that the first doubt is in defense: Leonardo Bonucci, with the captain’s armband, will surely start, but it remains to be seen whether Mateo Musacchio or Cristian Zapata will play alongside him. Andrea Conti and Ricardo Rodriguez will be on the two side of defense.
With Lucas Biglia out injured, one of Manuel Locatelli and Riccardo Montolivo will start and at the moment it seems that the youngster is preferred over the ex-Fiorentina man. Franck Kessié and Giacomo Bonaventura’s places in the starting XI seem to be secured. In attack, Montella will have to decide between Fabio Borini and M’Baye Niang for the left-wing, with Suso on the right.
Di Stefano reports that André Silva is likely to play from the first minute, leaving Patrick Cutrone on the bench. With Serie A returning, Milan need to prepare for a week with 3 matches.