AC Milan will know by LUNCHTIME if Leao will be fit for semi-final
AC Milan will know by LUNCHTIME if Rafael Leao will be fit for their crunch Champions League semi-final clash with rivals Inter… with the winger a doubt after picking up a muscle injury in their win over Lazio at the weekend
- AC Milan play rivals Inter in the first-leg of the semi-final on Wednesday night
- Rafael Leao is a doubt after he picked up a muscle injury in their last match
- He was still on the training pitch as his team mates arrived at the hotel yesterday
AC Milan will know by lunchtime whether Rafael Leao will be fit for their crunch Champions League semi-final clash with Inter Milan tonight.
The Portuguese winger has faced a race against time to be fit for the first-leg against their local rivals, after he was withdrawn just 10 minutes into their 2-0 win over Lazio on Saturday with a muscle injury.
Leao was still out on the training pitch at Milanello while the rest of the AC Milan squad arrived at the team hotel on Tuesday morning.
He was still at the training ground this morning, but a video has been shared on social media which shows that he has arrived at the team hotel in what will be a promising sign for AC Milan’s supporters.
Sky Sports Italia have reported that it will be known at lunchtime whether he will be fit enough to feature this evening.
Rafael Leao will discover whether he is fit enough to feature in AC Milan’s Champions League clash with Inter Milan on Wednesday evening by lunchtime
The Portuguese winger was hauled off with an injury in their win over Lazio on Saturday
Leao is rated among the best wingers in Serie A after scoring 13 goals across all competitions this season.
He played a key role in taking Milan to the semi-finals with a brilliant performance against Napoli, who they beat 2-1 on aggregate in the last round.
Speaking to Sky Sports Italia on Tuesday, manager Stefano Pioli said: ‘Leao will continue to push tomorrow morning, if he feels well, he’ll play. It’s still all open.’
He later added that if his star winger ‘can’t start, he won’t even go on the bench.’
Leao would be a big miss for Milan if he does not recover before Wednesday, but Inter manager Simone Inzaghi claims he will not change his approach based on one player’s fitness.
‘We all know the qualities of the player,’ he said. ‘We know that he may or may not be there, clearly we will take some precautions but ultimately it will not change our game plan.’
Leao would be a big miss following his incredible displays to help AC Milan knock out Napoli
‘I’m not certain like you (that Leao won’t be involved), I’ve said it before. We know him, we know his qualities, and in these games every player who is called upon will give everything.’
Wednesday’s game will be the first European Milan derby since 2005, and a chance for the red half of the city to reach a first final since their triumph over Liverpool in 2007.
Inter won the Champions League in 2010 after beating Bayern Munich in the final, but have not made a semi-final appearance since then.
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