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Ibrahimovic to miss out again - How Milan could line-up against Sassuolo

The big Swede has picked up another injury, and looks set stay out injured until the beginning of 2021 for the Rossoneri

2:09pm on Saturday 19th December 2020
Emmet Gates

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has picked up another injury, and looks set to miss out the Rossoneri's remaining matches of 2020.

Ibrahimovic has missed several of Milan's most recent games, but was thought to be close to a return.

However it seems the Swede has suffered another injury, this time to his left calf, and looks set to sit out the remainder of the year.

Therefore, expect Ante Rebic to continue in the centre-forward position.

Theo Hernandez missed the 2-2 draw against Genoa during the week through injury, but it's thought that he could return to his usual left-back role for the weekend's fixture.

Simon Kjaer is still in doubt, and will likely also miss out. Young Frenchman Pierre Kalulu will continue to deputise at centre back.

Ismael Bennacer is cleared to return for Milan, but coach Stefano Pioli may keep faith in the combination of Franck Kessie and Sandro Tonali. Expect Bennacer to come off the bench at some stage in the game.

Pioli may adjust things in the attacking department. Rafael Leao may get the nod for the attacking position on the left, but Jens-Petter Hauge is also in serious contention to be given another start, given his good form.

Brahim Diaz may earn a start on the opposite flank, but Alexis Saelemaekers is expected to return to the starting XI after an absence through injury.

Hakan Calhanoglu, heavily linked with a move away from San Siro in January, should start in behind Rebic, in the No.10 position.

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