Wednesday February 29 2012
Pato injury drags on

Alexandre Pato is also expected to miss this weekend’s clash with Palermo, as the Milan forward’s muscular problems continue.

‘The Duck’ has missed most of the season due to a series of recurring thigh injuries and picked up a new one during the first half of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Juventus.

Pato has not taken part in full training yet this week, so is very unlikely to recover in time for this weekend’s game against Palermo.

Alessandro Nesta and Kevin-Prince Boateng are also not expected to make it, so Daniele Bonera should start in central defence in place of the suspended Philippe Mexes.

Maxi Lopez will undergo further tests on Thursday to see if he is ready for his comeback, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is available after the end of his three-match ban.