Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Italiano has a genuine crisis at the back: GK Bartłomiej Drągowski (thigh), CB Nikola Milenković (suspended), CB Lucas Martínez Quarta (suspended), and CB Matija Nastasić (calf) are all out, meaning rightback Lorenzo Venuti will be forced into the center of defense. Nicolás González is out of quarantine but only fit enough for the bench. Alfred Duncan replaces Gaetano Castrovilli in midfield, likely to add some solidity.
AC Milan mister Stefano Pioli has some injuries to cope with as well, so old friend Ciprian Tătărușanu will start between the sticks. The big news is that Zlatan Ibrahimović returns to lead the line, while young Matteo Gabbia gets a rare start at the back in place of Alessio Romagnoli and Simon Kjær.
It’s also worth mentioning that there’s been some snow (!) in the leadup to this one, despite the forecast predicting clear skies as recently as yesterday, so it’ll be chilly and grey; the visibility on the pitch is really limited at the moment, although it could improve as the game wears on.
Fiorentina (4-3-3): Terracciano; Odriozola, Venuti, Igor, Biraghi; Bonaventura, Torreira, Duncan; Callejón, Vlahović, Saponara
Milan (4-2-3-1): Tătărușanu; Kalulu, Gabbia, Tomori, Hernández; Kessié, Tonali; Saelemaekers, Díaz, Leão; Ibrahimović
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