NEWS
Sunday January 15 2012
Line-ups: Milan derby

Milan have Thiago Silva and Alexandre Pato in the starting XI, while Inter have Wesley Sneijder on the bench for tonight’s massive Milan derby.

The two San Siro rivals go head-to-head in a potential Scudetto battle at 19.45 UK time.

The Rossoneri are without Mario Yepes, Alberto Aquilani, Gennaro Gattuso, Mathieu Flamini, Antonio Cassano and Taye Taiwo.

There were injury doubts around Thiago Silva, but he has recovered from a thigh twinge to start in defence.

Clarence Seedorf is suffering from flu, while Pato is chosen to partner Zlatan Ibrahimovic, sending Robinho to the bench.

Kevin-Prince Boateng is re-routed to midfield, so Urby Emanuelson is the trequartista.

Inter Coach Claudio Ranieri opted not to run a risk by throwing Sneijder in from the start, as the Dutchman has not played at all since November 2.

His return would also change the team that has notched up five consecutive Serie A victories, so Giampaolo Pazzini retains his spot alongside Diego Milito.

Julio Cesar is able to play in goal with the aid of a pain-killing injection, as he has been struggling with back pain.

Dejan Stankovic is injured, while Sulley Muntari is on Africa Cup of Nations duty.

Milan: 32 Abbiati; 20 Abate, 13 Nesta, 33 Thiago Silva, 19 Zambrotta; 27 Boateng, 4 Van Bommel, 22 Nocerino; 28 Emanuelson; 7 Pato, 11 Ibrahimovic
Milan bench: 1 Amelia, 5 Mexes, 10 Seedorf, 23 Ambrosini, 25 Bonera, 70 Robinho, 92 El Shaarawy
Inter: 1 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 55 Nagatomo; 4 Zanetti, 8 Thiago Motta, 19 Cambiasso, 11 Alvarez; 22 Milito, 7 Pazzini
Inter bench: 12 Castellazzi, 9 Forlan, 10 Sneijder, 20 Obi, 23 Ranocchia, 26 Chivu, 37 Faraoni

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