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Cover Cutrone in bubble wrap: Higuain set to miss two matches for Milan because of red card

Striker was shown red after losing his temper and screaming at the referee when shown a yellow card for a bad tackle

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Gonzalo Higuain will miss the next two Serie A matches for AC Milan after getting a red card for dissent after getting a yellow card for a bad tackle in Milan’s loss to Juventus over the weekend.

An already injury-depleted lineup for Milan will be further tested with the Argentina international set to miss both the key match-up against Lazio and the following match against Parma.

Milan are attempting to appeal the ban, but it’s unlikely that they will succeed in their attempt to have the ban reduced. It seems like the plan might be to drag the “appeal” out past the match against Lazio, but with the international break this weekend, even that may not work out, as there is plenty of time for the officials to rule on the suspension before Milan play again.

There will be an uphill battle for lowering the ban, if for no other reason that pretty much everyone in Italy Higuain lose his mind at the referee and he had to be restrained by both his teammates and former Juve teammates. Honestly, given the high-profile nature of the offence and the amount of abuse that seemed to be hurled by Higuain, Milan seems lucky for Higuain to be only facing two games out.

What will Milan do without one of their only two recognized strikers out? Well, for one thing, Patrick Cutrone cannot get injured during this international break. Wrap him up in bubble wrap, carry pillows around him, keep sharp objects away from him, turn him into the “boy in the bubble,” whatever works. Milan will already be at a disadvantage against Lazio without Higuain up front and with all of the players out through injury, they can hardly afford another one.

Secondly, Milan must adjust their formation away from the 4-4-2 for any matches that either Higuain and Cutrone will miss. Samu Castillejo is a good winger, but he’s not a striker, and while there is an understanding and chemistry developing between Higuain and Cutrone, there doesn’t seem to be one between anyone else who lines up as a “striker.” Probably should go back to the 4-3-3 that the whole team seems so much more comfortable playing.

Milan will need to overcome this suspension as well as a rash of injuries if they are to reclaim a top four spot in the Serie A table.