Milan - Christian Abbiati; Ignazio Abate, Alex da Costa, Adil Rami, Mattia De Sciglio; Andrea Poli, Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari; Keisuke Honda, Fernando Torres, Stephan El Shaarawy.
Hellas Verona - Rafael; Vangelis Moras, Rafael Márquez, Rafael Marques, Alessandro Agostini; Artur Ioniță, Panagiotis Tachtsidis, Emil Hallfreðsson; Juanito Gómez, Luca Toni, Boško Janković.
Referee - Paolo Valeri.
HERE is the squad of Milan for tomorrow.
Milan face Hellas Verona on Sunday when the clock points 15:00 CET at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi for the 7th matchday of the 2014/2015 Serie A season and the Rossoneri coach Filippo Inzaghi has named his squad for this encounter.
Nigel De Jong is suspended and is forced to miss the game while Riccardo Montolivo is still injured. Adriano Galliani claimed yesterday that the captain is the only injured player right now so it’s fair to believe that Michelangelo Albertazzi, Philippe Mexes and Hachim Mastour have been left out of the squad for technical reasons.
AC Milan Squad:
ADRIANO GALLIANI had a dinner meeting with Mino Raiola the other day to discuss the situations of Ignazio Abate and Tonny Vilhena, it’s said.
Milan have many expiring contracts in 2015 and one of those is of Ignazio Abate. The fullback has been in great form since the start of the season and Milan are interested in renewing his deal.
As reported by Sky Italia’s Manuele Baiocchini, Milan VP Galliani met Abate’s agent Raiola yesterday at the ‘Consolare’ restaurant in Milano. The two spoke and while they didn’t yet reach an agreement, they made a small progress and the two will stay in contact in hope of finding a deal.
In addition to the Abate renewal, Baiocchini reports that Galliani and Raiola also discussed Feyenoord’s midfielder Tonny Vilhena (19). However, both sides agreed that the U21 Dutch international is still not ready to make the jump.
Brazilian defender Alex says the arrival of countryman David Luiz forced him to seek a move away from Paris St Germain.
The 32-year-old centre-half spent two-and-a-half years in the French capital, having signed from Chelsea in January 2012.
He helped PSG to two Ligue 1 titles, with his combative approach complementing the ball-playing qualities of Thiago Silva.
It became clear to Alex, though, over the summer that he would struggle for game time if he remained at Parc des Princes, with a switch to AC Milan sought after Luiz followed in his footsteps by completing a big-money transfer from Stamford Bridge.
Alex told Tuttosport: “I wanted to play and when they signed David Luiz I understood there wouldn’t be space for me. At that point, Milan was my best choice.
“My aim was to go to a big club like Milan, who have a history and are known all over the world.
“I also understood that I would have to work more than in the past because in Italy particular attention is paid to tactical and physical aspects.”
Alex added on his new boss at the San Siro, Filippo Inzaghi: “Despite being young, he has an incredible will to win.
“He never gives up, he thinks about football 24 hours a day. He also shows us lots of videos, we are frequently facing a screen to see and understand.”
Michael Essien and his club AC Milan have both categorically denied reports that the player has contracted Ebola.
Reports had surfaced in Africa over the weekend claiming that the former Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder had caught the virus.
However, the Ghana international, who has appeared three times for the Rossoneri this season, was quick to dismiss the rumours with a tweet using the hashtag #falsenews.
Reports emanating from Africa quoted Milan’s press spokesman Riccardo Coli confirming that Essien had indeed caught the virus.
These were also carried via Twitter, leading to Essien’s denial and threat to sue.
Essien said he will be in training as usual from Monday, preparing for Milan’s trip to Hellas Verona on Sunday.
AC Milan forward Jeremy Menez could be set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a recurrence of a thigh injury.
The Frenchman did not train on Wednesday and will undergo further tests in the coming days to assess the extent of the problem.
A statement from AC Milan read: “AC Milan announce that Jeremy Menez is suffering from a problem in his right adductor muscle.
"The player will undergo further tests over the next few days."
Menez recently recovered from a swollen tendon in his right leg and played all 90 minutes of Saturday’s 2-0 triumph over Chievo.
AC Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi will be keen to have the 27-year-old fit in time for his side’s Serie A clash at Hellas Verona on October 19.
Menez, who joined Milan from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, has scored three goals in six league appearances for the Rossoneri so far.