The defender has a calf problem, is returning to Milan and will be evaluated tomorrow. In case of a flat rate, Thiaw or Kjaer are ready
Exactly halfway through the break for the national teams, unpleasant news arrives – it is the first, and hopefully also the last, but on the other hand Milan have 16 players around the world – for Pioli in the medical field: Kalulu, called up for the French Under 21 team, after spending entirely on the bench in yesterday’s match against England (Les Bleus lost 4-0), he is returning to Milan due to a calf problem. According to the French media it would only be a blow, but the fact that the defender is returning to Italy creates a certain apprehension. Also because the calf is a very delicate part, as his compatriot Maignan knows well.
Tomorrow Kalulu will be subjected to more in-depth checks by the Rossoneri medical staff, but this trouble certainly casts long shadows on Pierre’s presence next Sunday in the big match in Naples, starter of the double challenge of the Champions League. His absence would be a significant problem not so much in numerical terms – up to now the only player unavailable in the squad was Messias – as tactically because in a defense that is definitely a dancer this year, Kalulu was – although not free from faults – among those who have made the least mistakes. In addition to ensuring, if necessary, adaptability even in the band. An advantage to take into account especially in a context where Pioli is seriously considering returning to the back four. If Pierre were to raise the white flag, taking Calabria’s return to the right for granted, one of Thiaw and Kjaer would act next to Tomori in central defense. The German is back from the bad performance in Udine, but the question mark looms over the Dane about the athletic condition in which he will return from the national team. A situation that will be better clarified at Milanello in the second half of the week, pending medical findings from Kalulu.
March 26 – 12:23
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