Milan eye Serie A summit but injuries test depleted squad

When AC Milan hosts Lazio on Saturday, they can enter first place in Serie A. However, many injuries and their impending Champions League encounter against Borussia Dortmund may make coach Stefano Pioli’s decision-making difficult.

With a 3-1 victory against Cagliari on Wednesday, Milan drew even with league leaders Inter (15 points), while their local rivals were defeated 2-1 by Sassuolo. However, their schedule does not get any easier, and their already thin roster is being pushed further.

Rafael Leao and Olivier Giroud, who were substitutes against Cagliari, may start, and Mike Maignan, who has been sidelined with a thigh injury, is almost ready to return in goal.

Along with Rade Krunic, Pierre Kalulu and Luka Jovic have been dealing with ailments; however, Ismael Bennacer and Mattia Caldara, who have been out for a while, are anticipated to fully recover before the new year.

With the team traveling to Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday, Pioli dismissed worries that a lack of squad depth may be problematic during a busy season.

He remarked that I don’t have many players, which I enjoy, but I do have a few ready to play.

In the long run, we will profit from having more driven athletes with fewer injuries, so maybe you can pay for that in the near term.

Lazio, which placed above Milan in the standings last year, has had a difficult start to the current season, with just two victories in their first six games, placing them in 11th place.

Bounce back with an inter-look

On Saturday, Inter will attempt to overcome the disappointment of their loss to Sassuolo when they visit Salernitana.

Before Tuesday’s match at home against Benfica in the Champions League group stage, coach Simone Inzaghi may rest some players again after new acquisition Benjamin Pavard was not used as a substitute against Sassuolo.

Along with Marko Arnautovic, Stefano Sensi and Juan Cuadrado are still out for Inzaghi’s team and are not anticipated to recover quickly.

Atalanta will play home to Juventus on Sunday, and Gian Piero Gasperini’s team seems to be picking up steam after two straight victories. However, they still have a difficult Europa League matchup against Sporting Portugal to be ready for the following week.

With no such worries, Juventus can focus on its season-long ambition of placing in the top four under manager Massimiliano Allegri.

Champions Victor Osimhen and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia scored in a convincing 4-1 victory for Napoli over Udinese on Wednesday, ending their dismal start to the season.

On Saturday, they go to Lecce, who are now in sixth position after surprising many with three victories in their opening six games.

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