How Could Depleted Milan Line Up Against Genoa?

Seeking redemption for a disturbing performance in last weekend’s clash against Juventus, Milan will host mid-table Genoa at Stadio San Siro on Sunday evening. Stefano Pioli’s men boast a five-point lead in second and are keen on finishing as ‘the best of the rest’ behind Inter.

Marco Sporitello’s heroics between the sticks inspired Milan to a goalless draw in Turin a week ago. Weakened by numerous absences, Rossoneri delivered their worst showing in 2024, failing to produce a shot on target. However, the situation is slightly more promising ahead of Genoa’s visit to San Siro tomorrow, with Theo Hernandez and Fikayo Tomori back from suspension.

Milan captain Davide Calabria and Yunus Musah will share the duo’s fate on Sunday after picking up disqualifying yellow cards at the Allianz Stadium. Sportiello will fill the vacancy in goal again as Mike Maignan remains unavailable for selection due to injury. The same goes for Simon Kjaer, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Luka Jovic.

With the English playmaker out of contention for the matchday squad, Milan will rely on Christian Pulisic to cover the No. 10 role again. The USMNT forward’s shift into the middle will allow Samuel Chukwueze to return to the starting XI and claim a spot on the right wing. Rafael Leao and Olivier Giroud will be the remaining pieces of the attacking jigsaw.

Yacine Adli could make way for Ismael Bennacer. The Algerian will likely slot next to Tijjani Reijnders in the double pivot. More changes are coming at the back. Hernandez and Tomori will join Malick Thiaw and Alessandro Florenzi in Pioli’s back four as we look at the potential Milan line-up.

(4-2-3-1): Marco Sporitello; Alessandro Florenzi, Malick Thiaw, Fikayo Tomori, Theo Hernandez; Ismael Bennacer, Tijjani Reijnders; Samuel Chukwueze, Christian Pulisic, Rafael Leao; Olivier Giroud.

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