Inter vs AC Milan lineups: confirmed team news, predicted starting line-up, most recent injury for today’s Champions League
C Milan will welcome Rafael Leao back to their side as part of a triple injury layoff for tonight’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Inter.
Rossoneri manager Stefano Pioli is also hoping that both Rade Krunic and Junior Messias are available after hitting left them excluded from the weekend’s defeat in Spezia.
But the most important news is the return of Leao, the Portuguese striker who starred in Milan’s quarter-final win over Napoli before missing the first leg against Inter Milan with a hamstring injury.
After getting into training over the weekend, he is expected to intensify his preparations for Tuesday’s attempt to make a stunning comeback in the Champions League.
Struggling two goals down overall, Pioli has revealed his plans to start with three attacking midfielders – thanks in part to Ismael Bennacer’s absence through injury.
The Algerian is out for the rest of the season with knee problems and is sidelined along with Alessandro Florenzi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
While Milan rested their players ahead of the game, Inter went a step further and eliminated seven first-team regulars to defeat Sassuolo – with the Nerazzurri benefiting from their more stable position in the league.
Lautaro Martinez, Andre Onana, Hakan Calhanoglu and Nicolo Barella will be among the usual suspects to return. Milan Skriniar is injured.
Simone Inzaghi is once again faced with a choice between the in-form Romelu Lukaku and Edin Dzeko partnering Martinez in attack.
Inter XI: Onana; Darmian, Acerbi, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Dzeko, Martinez (3-5-2)
AC Milan XI: Maignan; Calabria, Tomori, Kjaer, Hernandez; Krunic, Tonali; Saelemakers, Diaz, Leao; Giroud (4-2-3-1)
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