Adriano Galliani confirms Milan could bring in January reinforcements after their injury crisis, but Mario Balotelli “is just a friend.”
The Rossoneri are struggling and face Palermo this evening without Alexandre Pato, Gennaro Gattuso, Massimo Ambrosini, Clarence Seedorf, Gianluca Zambrotta, Mathieu Flamini, Mario Yepes and the suspended Kevin-Prince Boateng.
“Starting the season very early for the Italian Super Cup may well have caused us problems, as we're now paying the price for that schedule,” Vice-President Galliani told Sky Sport Italia.
“We cannot forget the numerous injuries. They are not alibis for our difficult start, but simply facts.
“It is true we could take advantage of the January transfer window to reinforce the midfield. The attack does not need any adjustments, so Carlos Tevez will not arrive.”
Milan have also been linked with another Manchester City hitman, namely self-confessed Rossoneri supporter Balotelli.
“Mario is just a friend,” added Galliani. “As for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he is fine and there is no problem. I spoke to him and we cleared the air. He is not tired of football.”
Philippe Mexes is included in the squad for the first time since joining on a free transfer from Roma, as he has taken six months to recover from knee ligament surgery.
Milan squad: Abbiati, Amelia, Abate, Antonini, Bonera, Mexes, Nesta, Taiwo, Thiago Silva, Aquilani, Emanuelson, Nocerino, Valoti, Van Bommel, Carmona, Cassano, El-Shaarawy, Ibrahimovic, Robinho
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