NEWS
Saturday March 3 2012
Line-ups: Palermo-Milan

Milan welcome Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to the starting XI against Fabrizio Miccoli’s Palermo, but must reshuffle their defence.

The Rossoneri open Serie A Week 26 with the 17.00 UK time kick-off at the Stadio Barbera, historically a very difficult venue for this club.

Their injury crisis drags on, as Alexandre Pato, Maxi Lopez, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Alessandro Nesta, Alexander Merkel, Rodney Strasser, Clarence Seedorf, Alberto Aquilani, Gennaro Gattuso and Antonio Cassano are out of action.

With Philippe Mexes beginning his three-match ban for punching Marco Borriello in the ribs during last week’s 1-1 draw with Juventus, the defence has to be reshuffled. Daniele Bonera makes a rare start at centre-back with Thiago Silva.

Ibrahimovic returns from his own three-game suspension to partner Robinho with support from Urby Emanuelson.

Palermo also miss some key figures, as Federico Balzaretti is suspended following last week’s red card in the 4-1 defeat to Siena.

Matias Silvestre and Armin Bacinovic are injured, but Giulio Migliaccio steps in at centre-back and former Milan flop Massimo Donati starts in midfield.

The Sicilians have won their last four consecutive home games against Milan and aim to make it five on the bounce.

Palermo: 1 Viviano; 6 Munoz, 8 Migliaccio, 2 Mantovani, 31 Pisano; 14 Bertolo, 23 Donati, 5 Barreto; 27 Ilicic; 19 Budan, 10 Miccoli
Palermo bench: 33 Tzorvas, 15 Milanovic, 13 Aguirregaray, 7 Della Rocca, 17 Vazquez, 16 Zahavi, 24 Mehmeti
Milan: 32 Abbiati; 20 Abate, 25 Bonera, 33 Thiago Silva, 77 Antonini; 22 Nocerino, 23 Ambrosini, 14 Muntari; 28 Emanuelson; 11 Ibrahimovic, 70 Robinho
Milan bench: 1 Amelia, 76 Yepes, 15 Mesbah, 19 Zambrotta, 4 Van Bommel, 92 El Shaarawy, 9 Inzaghi

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