Champions League: AC Milan vs Tottenham Preview

Soccer News by on 02-14-2011 filed under UEFA Champions League

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Gareth Bale did not manage to recover in time from his back injury and will definitely miss Tottenham’s Champions League game against AC Milan on Tuesday 15th February 2011. The Welsh wizard, who has been playing exceptionally well this year, did not even travel with his team mates to Italy, although everyone was hoping till the last minute that he might regain his fitness.

That will mean another chance for the rejuvenated Niko Kranjcar, while Rafael van der Vaart who is still suffering a calf injury will also play.

Peter Crouch, who’s struggling with back problems is still a doubt, though, as is Luka Modric who has just recovered from appendicitis.

It means that the Tottenham side could line up at the San Siro with something resembling a skeleton first XI, with long-term absentees Tom Huddlestone, Ledley King and Younes Kaboul, as well as the suspended Jermaine Jenas, also unavailable.

Current Serie A leaders, AC Milan will be without ineligible January signings Antonio Cassano, Mark van Bommel and Urby Emanuelson.

That would mean coach Massimiliano Allegri will use a three-man front line consisting of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho and Alexandre Pato, with few attacking options on the bench and key midfield duo Andrea Pirlo and Massimo Ambrosini also out through injury.




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