Massimiliano Allegri admits he has an injury crisis on his hands as Milan take on Torino, but is confident “we’ll be in a great position come February.”
The Rossoneri visit Torino on Sunday afternoon and have a lengthy absentee list, as Riccardo Montolivo, Kevin Constant, Alexandre Pato, Djamel Mesbah and Daniele Bonera are injured with Kevin-Prince Boateng suspended.
“It’s a pity, as Montolivo had been doing well recently, while Boateng and Constant were improving. I guess another three will have to play,” shrugged the Coach in his Press conference.
“Can it be Giampaolo Pazzini’s game? Either he or Bojan will start. I am happy with Pazzini’s performances, as he has contributed to the team, but he does need to score.
“Ignazio Abate and Luca Antonini have recovered, Sulley Muntari is close to a comeback and Daniele Bonera will resume training tomorrow. Montolivo and Constant will be back against Pescara.
“Pato still has pain and a bruise in his knee that isn’t being absorbed, so we’ll see his condition next week. Marco Amelia could be in goal again tomorrow, as he is doing well.
“This isn’t the right time to talk about the transfer market. I will only say that there are 32 players in the squad, which is too many.”
Milan are among the clubs who have been linked with an offer for Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna.
“He is a good player, but I don’t like talking about those who belong to other clubs,” noted Allegri.
“Torino are organised and play good football. We are ready for this game, but know it is going to be very tough. What tactic will we use? 4-3-and then we’ll see.”
The Rossoneri progressed to the Champions League knockouts in second place and Allegri hopes things will change by the time those ties come round.
“There are three months to go and now we must focus on Serie A. I am sure we’ll be in a great position come February.”
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