Milan have Stephan El Shaarawy and Robinho leading the way in their head-to-head battle for second place with Udinese.
Only three points separate these teams going into the Stadio Friuli, kick-off at 17.00 UK time.
The Rossoneri have huge problems picking a team, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic begins his three-match ban for slapping Napoli’s Salvatore Aronica.
Mark Van Bommel is also suspended, while the injury list includes Christian Abbiati, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Alexandre Pato, Alessandro Nesta, Alberto Aquilani, Gennaro Gattuso, Mario Yepes, Mathieu Flamini, Antonio Cassano, Alexander Merkel and Rodney Strasser.
It gives El Shaarawy the opportunity to shine with a rare start, partnering Robinho with Clarence Seedorf and Urby Emanuelson in midfield. Thiago Silva is able to play despite picking up a knock this week.
Udinese are missing Antonio Floro Flores, Andrea Coda, Paulo Barreto and Giampiero Pinzi for this match.
As always, Antonio Di Natale takes the reins in attack and hopes to add to his Capocannoniere status with support from Almen Abdi.
Udinese: Handanovic; Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi; Basta, Isla, Pazienza, Fernandes, Armero; Abdi; Di Natale
Milan: Amelia; Abate, Mexes, Thiago Silva, Mesbah; Emanuelson, Ambrosini, Nocerino; Seedorf; El Shaarawy, Robinho
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