Rebić, Leão, Ibrahimović and Calabria expected to return against Roma, their recoveries are at the final stages

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Ante Rebić during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

Ante Rebić, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Rafael Leão and Davide Calabria are back and should be available for Thursday.

Milan finished the first round of the season in 2nd place and they are now getting ready to kick off the second round and they face Roma at San Siro on Thursday (18:30 CET kickoff).

The Rossoneri’s biggest problem in the first half of the campaign was the injuries, and they are going to start 2022 with some absentees as well. However, some good news came out of Milanello in the last few days.

Calabria has been training with the rest of the team since they got back from the Christmas break and is fit again. Zlatan, as reported by Milannews.it, trained with the group today, while Ante and Rafa did the first part of today’s training session with the rest of the team, and then continued with personalized work before Rebić did some technical work and Leão returned to the group.

This is a huge boost for coach Stefano Pioli, who against Roma will be without the injured Alessandro Plizzari, Simon Kjær and Pietro Pellegri, as well as without Franck Kessié, Ismaël Bennacer and Fodé Ballo-Touré who are with their national teams gearing up for the Africa Cup of Nations.

There are a few more sessions to go until Thursday, but it’s almost certain that the three forwards, who are instrumental in Milan’s offensive game, and Calabria, will return to the squad.

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Nesta1

Get some players back from injury, lose 3 to African Cup, so frustrating. You can count on one hand how many times we could field a full strength team smh

Cocor

Maldini were suppose to have a player in hand already, because ACM in need players.

SJF

Oh for the days we waited for a present from our president

Rossi

Rumors in English media say that Totenhem wants Kessie now in January and they may offer Ndombele in exchange. If that is the case we shouldnt think twice. Much better than loosing him for free in the summer. We can sell Ndombele later on if he dosent work out.

SJF

It will be very sad to see Kessie go.
However he played Olympics and got injured, then struggled to find form and now is off to afcon.
Its prob best if he leaves in January and we get someone in. That way we dont have to pay him while hes away and we get a replacement we can use

SJF

The only thing more important than the talent of a player is his availability to the team.
We have too many players who have had injury struggles, covid and absences to play for national teams.
Milan needs to be the priority