Monday February 17 2014
Poli to start against Atleti?

Andrea Poli is reportedly in line to take an attacking position for Milan in their Champions League meeting with Atletico Madrid this week.

The Rossoneri play host to Diego Simeone’s high-flying Spanish on Wednesday evening in the first leg of their Last 16 tie, with a number of absences to contend with in attack.

Alongside Keisuke Honda and Riccardo Saponara’s ineligibility has come injury to Stephan El Shaarawy, Valter Birsa, Robinho and most recently to Ricky Kaka, who picked up an ankle injury against Bologna on Friday night.

Speculation is that Poli, who finished that same game in an advanced position, is in line once more to take a similar role from the first minute against Atletico, with the Brazilian veteran, having since trained to a separate routine and his availability in doubt.

Latest speculation is that Poli will line up in a three alongside Mario Balotelli and Adel Taarabt, behind lone striker Giampaolo Pazzini.

Sitting midfield positions will be for Michael Essien and Nigel de Dong, whilst Adil Rami and Daniele Bonerea look set for centre-back, with Ignazio Abate and Mattia De Sciglio at full-back.

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