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AC Milan Kick Off 2023 Against Salernitana On The Road As The Injury Crisis Persists

Milan need to hit the ground running and shake off the poor form from their friendlies.

US Cremonese v AC MIlan - Serie A Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

AC Milan travel to face Salernitana to open 2023 and chase Napoli for the Serie A title. Stefano Pioli’s group look to be missing chemistry due to the World Cup break. The midday kick off is usually tough for the side but hopefully the new year starts off well.

Ante Rebic, Simon Kjaer, Divock Origi and Fode Ballo-Toure have been ruled out in the past week or so with a variety of new injuries or fatigue. The join Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Rade Krunic, Alessandro Florenzi and Junior Messias on the treatment table. Mike Maignan’s return has been postponed as the coaching staff do not want to risk aggravating his injury.

Brahim Diaz is expected to start as the trequartista over Charles de Ketelaere while Olivier Giroud and Theo Hernandez are set to be thrust right back in despite returning to training just recently. The big news will be Davide Calabria’s return following his injury.

Expected Line Up (4-2-3-1): Tatarusanu, Calabria, Kalulu, Tomori, Hernandez, Tonali, Bennacer, Saelemaekers, Diaz, Leao, Giroud.