Milan Forced to Field Third-String Goalie vs Juventus

Milan will have to turn to Antonio Mirante in the upcoming match versus Juventus. Marco Sportiello, who was set to replace the suspended Mike Maignan, suffered a calf strain in practice. He’ll sit out the upcoming stretch of games.

Per SportMediaset, the newcomer sustained a lesion of the left gastrocnemius muscle. It’s the first time he gets hurt since 2016. He had missed time only due to COVID-19 or illnesses in recent years. He joined in a Bosman move from Atalanta to replace Ciprian Tatarusanu as the top deputy. Lapo Nava, the son of former club staple Stefano, will be on the bench as he has already done in recent contests. Previous fourth-stringer Devis Vasquez moved to Sheffield Wednesday on loan last summer.

Mirante will make his first start in two years, Sky relays. He last cracked the XI on April 18th, 2021 while he was at Roma. The Giallorossi lost 1-3 to Torino that day. He has made one appearance since signing with Milan, subbing in late against Verona in the final meaningless tilt of the past season.

The Rossoneri will welcome back Pierre Kalulu and likely Rade Krunic. Instead, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is questionable due to a hip problem that keeps bothering him. Mirante will get the nod against the team that raised him at the youth level. He played seven times with the Bianconeri in Serie B in 2006/2007.

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