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Rossoneri Round-up for 21 February: Mattia Caldara close to a return for Milan

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Mattia Caldara said that he is close to a return to the pitch.

Caldara said that he “can’t wait to return” to the lineup. Caldara has a tall task ahead of him, having to win a place in the lineup ahead of Mateo Musacchio, who has formed a pretty good partnership with Alessio Romagnoli this season. Caldara might be the more talented of the two, but Gennaro Gattuso doesn’t always like to mess with a good thing.

Perhaps we’ll see Caldara make a debut soon, but in the meantime, Romagnoli and Musacchio have been outstanding and there is no reason to believe that it will change anytime soon.

On to the links.

AC Milan and Italian Football Links

Atlético Madrid beat Juventus 2-0 in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. [Into The Calderon]

Lazio lost to Sevilla in the Europa League 3-0 on aggregate. [Football-Italia.net]

Fiorentina hope to make the loan move for Gerson from AS Roma permanent. [Viola Nation]

Inter Milan’s former captain Mauro Icardi says he’s got a knee injury, but does he? [Serpents of Madonnina]

World Football Links

Santos Laguna made no mistake in their opening match of the Concacaf Champions League, beating CD Marathon 6-2 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. [FMF State of Mind]

Leeds United have a new centenary crest, and it’s not bad. Of course, after last year’s disaster, anything is good by comparison. [Through It All Together]

Manchester City beat Schalke 04 3-2 in the Champions League. [BBC.com]

Frank Lampard’s Derby County lost 0-1 at home to Millwall. Should have watched more video, eh Frank? [BBC.com]