Four AC Milan stars including Mike Maignan could return for Tottenham Hotspur clash
AC Milan could have Mike Maignan, Davide Calabria, Alessandro Florenzi, and Ismael Bennacer available for the UEFA Champions League clash against Tottenham Hotspur on 8 March in north London, as per Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Lilywhites lost 1-0 at San Siro, which isn’t the worst result considering the game was in Milan. A goal at N17 would automatically make us the favourites to go on and win the game.
Maignan has been out for a long time with a calf injury. Anton Ciprian Tătărușanu has been stepping in for him and was in goal when Milan kept a clean sheet against us earlier this month.
Maignan is one of the leading candidates to succeed Hugo Lloris’ in France’s goal and his quality cannot be doubted. He has trained with I Rossoneri alongside Alessandro Florenzi and the duo are expected to be in the team that faces Spurs next month.
Welcome boost for Milan
A hamstring injury has kept the right-wing-back out of action for most of the season and manager Stefano Piolo will be buzzing to have Florenzi back in his squad as soon as possible. Calabria was on the bench against Spurs but missed his side’s 1-0 Serie A win against Monza with a hip injury.
Alongside Bennacer, he is expected to be back by the time the Italian giants face the Lilywhites. A biceps femoris muscle injury has kept the Algeria international out of action in recent weeks.
He is a very smooth operator in midfield capable of doing the dirty work off the ball as well as kickstarting counterattacks. Milan fared well without the quartet and will only be boosted by their return.
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A few or all of the aforementioned players may not necessarily be back in the starting XI for their team’s Serie A clash against Atalanta on 26 February. But they are expected to be match fit by the time Milan face Fiorentina on 5 February and Spurs three days later.