Tuesday February 19 2013
Milan stars miss Barca

As feared, Antonio Nocerino and Mathieu Flamini have not recovered in time for Milan’s Champions League clash with Barcelona.

The two midfielders left today’s training session early with muscular problems and have not been included in the squad.

Mario Balotelli is cup-tied, but Stephan El Shaarawy returns from a knee tendon injury.

Other absentees include Robinho, Daniele Bonera, Luca Antonini and Nigel De Jong.

Youth team midfielder Bryan Cristante is brought along to make up the numbers, despite not turning 18 until next month.

Goalkeeper Marco Amelia has reason to celebrate, as daughter Matilde was born today.

Milan squad for Barcelona: Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel, Abate, De Sciglio, Mexes, Yepes, Zapata, Ambrosini, Boateng, Constant, Cristante, Montolivo, Muntari, Traorè, Bojan, El Shaarawy, Niang, Pazzini

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