AC Milan welcome Torino to the San Siro Stadium on Sunday evening as the two teams battle out the close of week 15 Serie A fixtures.
Milan are injury plagued and Gennaro Gattuso will be required to select a makeshift defence once more.
Torino are injury free and may well fancy their chances at a first win over Milan in over 20 matches.
Here’s the team Milan could field on Sunday.
3. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK) – Set to start his 15th consecutive Serie A game, Donnarumma hasn’t kept a clean-sheet since the 1-0 victory over Udinese in early November – 5 games ago.
Ignazio Abate (RB) – The experienced defender has started the last four Serie A games for Milan but was given a rest in the Europa League win over F91 Dudelange, and should return to play against Torino.
Cristian Zapata (CB) – Another tough game for the Colombian international, as he will once again need to coax makeshift centre-half Ricardo Rodriquez through the game. If he starts, it will be Zapata’s sixth start in Serie A this season.
Ricardo Rodriguez (CB) – The Swiss international is a full-back by trade but shouldn’t find adapting to centre-half overly tough. He hasn’t scored yet this season but did get on the score-sheet for Switzerland in the 5-2 demolition of Belgium.
Diego Laxalt (LB) – Laxalt hasn’t featured in Serie A since the 2-0 home defeat to Juventus, where he featured for just 16 minutes. He played in the Europa League last week and will be hoping to get his fifth Serie A start.
Suso (RM) – Despite the Spaniard’s flying start, he is yet to register a goal or assist since the 1-1 draw with Real Betis in the Europa League. He is still Milan’s most creative player, but Gattuso will be hoping he can register more meaningful performances fast.
Franck Kessie (CM) – Kessie is potentially Milan’s most important midfield man. He scored the winning goal in their comeback win over Parma last weekend and will be hoping to continue his goal-scoring form against Torino.
Tiemoue Bakayoko (CM) – After a difficult start to life in Serie A, times appear to be changing for Bakayoko whose performances are perking up. However, he is yet to register a goal or assist in 10 Serie A matches.
Hakan Calhanoglu (LM) – Branded the free-kick master, the Turkey international has struggled at times in Serie A this season. He didn’t have the best game against Parma so will be looking to redeem himself on Sunday.
Gonzalo Higuain – Returning to the Milan starting XI should be clinical hit-man Gonzalo Higuain. After serving his two match suspension, Gattuso will be delighted to see his main forward man back, and hopefully amongst the goals, as he looks to add to his five Serie A goals this term.
Patrick Cutrone – Despite the return of Higuain, Cutrone is expected to keep his place as the two look set to lineup alongside one another on Sunday. He has scored three goals in Serie A and a further four in the Europa League so far this season.