MilanNews.it are reporting that Simon Kjaer and Matteo Gabbia are likely to be the starting centre back pairing for AC Milan in their season opener on Thursday night in the Europa League against Shamrock Rovers. Milan are without captain Alessio Romagnoli to a calf injury from the end of the previous season. Leo Duarte has recovered from his long term injury but has not looked convincing in the pre-season friendlies to this point. Gabriele Bellodi has also featured but is unlikely to get a run out given Gabbia's good form in the final game of the previous season and his understanding of Stefano Pioli's system. The fixture against Shamrock will be a one-off knockout game thus it is paramount for Milan's defence to hold up for us to progress in the tournament.
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