Vincenzo Montella will continue rotating the squad against HNK Rijeka; Gabriel Paletta and Jose Mauri could get a start.
Milan will look to bounce back from the 2-0 defeat to Sampdoria when they face Croatia’s HNK Rijeka at Stadio San Siro on Thursday night at 21:05 CET (you can find Europa League predictions at KickOff).
With Roma coming to the Meazza on Sunday, coach Vincenzo Montella is expected to give a rest to some players. According to Sky Italia, it’s possible that Bonucci, Lucas Biglia and Nikola Kalinić – among others – will start from the bench.
Sky’s Manuele Baiocchini suggests that Gabriel Paletta and Jose Mauri are both in contention for a starting role on Thursday. Montella already suggested that Paletta can replace Bonucci in the middle of a three-man defense so the Argentine could be slotted there alongside Musacchio and Romagnoli.
It’d be very interesting to see Paletta back again starting as he was on the verge of leaving in the summer and not too long ago he trained with Gennaro Gattuso’s Primavera and even took part in the 3-0 Primavera defeat to Inter on September 16th. Paletta was the starting center back last season but was criticized by the media and the fans, mostly for the number of red cards he picked up (5).
Jose Mauri meanwhile could get first minutes since his disappointing performance against Shkëndija a month ago and if he plays then it could be instead of Franck Kessié, with Manuel Locatelli alongside him. As of today, Patrick Cutrone and André Silva are expected to lead the attack.
Things will of course be clearer regarding the starting XI as we approach the match but the intention seems to rest some of the players who’ve played a lot recently, as the Roma game is more important.