Saturday January 25 2014
Abbiati and Essien miss Cagliari-Milan

Clarence Seedorf named his Milan squad to face Cagliari, but Michael Essien and Christian Abbiati are out.

The Rossoneri visit the Stadio Sant’Elia on Sunday at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

They need a boost after their midweek Coppa Italia quarter-final exit at the hands of Udinese.

New signing Essien is not included, as he only put pen to paper on the contract today after arriving from Chelsea on Friday evening.

Absentees include Abbiati, Stephan El Shaarawy, Cristian Zapata, Matias Silvestre and Alberto Petagna.

Ignazio Abate is in the squad after shaking off an injury, while Giampaolo Pazzini has made a surprisingly quick recovery to be named in the group.

Bryan Cristante returns after he missed the Coppa tie with flu symptoms, though Andrea Poli has still not recovered, and Cristian Zaccardo is left out as he tries to define his January transfer.

Milan squad for Cagliari: Amelia, Coppola, Gabriel, Abate, Bonera, Constant, De Sciglio, Mexes, Rami, Birsa, Cristante, Emanuelson, De Jong, Honda, Kaka, Montolivo, Muntari, Balotelli, Pazzini, Robinho

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