Giacomo Bonaventura, Fabio Borini and Jose Mauri scored for Montella’s side in a match in which Nnamdi Oduamadi was the striker alongside the Spanish Suso.
With most of their starting XI players on international duty looking for a place in the 2018 World Cup, Milan had an inner friendly match against Rino Gattuso’s Primavera side at Milanello on Sunday.
The match was played in two halves of 30 minutes each and Montella used a three-man defense, fielding Jherson Vergara (yes, he’s still here), Gabriel Paletta and Alessio Romagnoli as his center backs. Musacchio was not risked as in the last few days he’s been dealing with fatigue.
Fabio Borini was given the nod again as a right-sided wingback instead of Ignazio Abate and he was one of the scorers – along with Jack Bonaventura and Jose Mauri, who played in the role of Franck Kessié. Primavera’s Albanian forward Ismet Sinani pulled one back for Gennaro’s side.
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Nikola Kalinić has recovered and will be fit to play against Inter but Montella decided it was best to leave the Croatian out of this mini-game and he played Nnamdi Oduamadi as his striker alongside Suso. The Nigerian, who is 26-year-old now, keeps training with Milan but of course isn’t in the plans.
While he was not involved in the training game, it’s possible that Kalinić will play from the start in the Derby against Inter next Sunday and according to Sky Italia’s Manuele Baiocchini, Montella tried Suso and Bonaventura behind the ex-Fiorentina man in today’s training. André Silva and Patrick Cutrone are as always also in contention for a starting spot but both are still with their NT’s.
Milan XI today: Marco Storari; Jherson Vergara, Gabriel Paletta, Alessio Romagnoli; Fabio Borini, Jose Mauri, Riccardo Montolivo, Jack Bonaventura, Niccolo Zanellato; Suso, Nnamdi Oduamadi.