The actually less encouraging news approached AC Milan ahead of the crucial match against Juventus. How come? The striker they have been counting on, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is certain to miss this match.
Meanwhile, the duel between AC Milan and Juventus is scheduled to take place on Thursday morning WIB (07/01) at the San Siro.
Ahead of the match, it could be said that AC Milan was onfire, because they had a series of good results since the start of the season. This can also be seen from the Rossoneri’s position at the top of the Italian Serie A standings.
Now, there is a vital role for Zlatan Ibrahimovic in AC Milan’s neat performance this season. How come? The Swedish player successfully bagged 10 goals in only 6 matches in Italian Serie A.
Not only about goals, Ibra also contributed by scoring assists and providing good direction for the Rossoneri youth players.
But unfortunately, the former Paris Saint-Germain star has missed several games due to a muscle injury he sustained in November. In total so far, ibra has missed a total of 10 matches in all competitions.
Indeed, during the past week, this 39 year old figure has started training. This can also be seen from Ibrahimovic’s social media, where he uploaded a video of the Rossoneri training session.
Coach Stefano Pioli confirmed that Ibra has indeed started training, but unfortunately the striker has not been able to play for the crucial match against Juventus tomorrow.
“He’s better, he’s training well, but he won’t be able to play tomorrow.”
Of course, the absence of an Ibrahimovic is very unfortunate, but that does not mean that his absence also weakens AC Milan. What’s more, the fact is that Milan are the only team unbeaten on the Serie A stage so far.
Coach Stefano Pioli himself plans to play Rafael Leao in the match against Juventus tomorrow. The Dutch player does have a different character from Ibra, but he can be relied on.
“Leao is growing fast but his characteristics are not the same [with Ibra], and we want to develop him in the right way,” continued Pioli.