Tuesday December 20 2011
Line-ups: Cagliari-Milan

Milan welcome back Christian Abbiati and give Philippe Mexes a chance in tonight’s trip to a very attack-minded Cagliari.

The rescheduled Week 1 games, originally postponed in August due to a players’ strike, continue tonight at the Stadio Sant’Elia.

The Rossoneri are chasing down the Serie A top spot, though they have to do without the injured Mario Yepes, Alessandro Nesta, Ignazio Abate, Gennaro Gattuso, Mathieu Flamini and Antonio Cassano.

Mexes and Taye Taiwo therefore start in defence, where Thiago Silva is the only remaining regular. Alberto Aquilani replaces Clarence Seedorf, while Robinho partners Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Goalkeeper Abbiati is also back in the side after missing nearly a month due to a shoulder injury.

Cagliari are already on their third Coach of the campaign and so far Davide Ballardini has struggled to get results.

Davide Biondini sits out a ban, while Daniele Conti, Nene, Davide Astori, Mustapha El Kabir and Sebastian Eriksson are out of action.

However, trequartista Andrea Cossu returns to the starting XI in a very attack-minded set-up, as he is joined by strikers Thiago Ribeiro, Victor Ibarbo and Joaquin Larrivey.

Cagliari: Agazzi; Pisano, Canini, Ariaudo, Agostini; Ekdal, Nainggolan, Cossu; Thiago Ribeiro, Ibarbo, Larrivey
Milan: Abbiati; Bonera, Mexes, Thiago Silva, Taiwo; Aquilani, Ambrosini, Nocerino; Boateng; Ibrahimovic, Robinho

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