Problems are piling up for Milan coach Stefano Pioli ahead of Sunday night’s encounter against defending Serie A champions Napoli. According to Gazzetta dello Sport’s Luca Bianchin, muscle fatigue has ruled Simon Kjaer out of tonight’s fixture at the 11th hour.

It’s like Milan cannot catch a break these days. Pioli lost Malick Thiaw to suspension after the young gun was sent off against Juventus for a cynical challenge on Moise Kean. The Italian manager lined up Kjaer as his replacement, but the Danish veteran won’t make it. 

Pierre Kalulu, who has just recently returned from a long-term injury, will partner the always-present Fikayo Tomori in all likelihood. Despite struggling for form upon his comeback, the Milan youngster is the only senior option left at Pioli’s disposal. 

The shortage of numbers at the back means Milan defenders have no margin for error, let alone injury. Summer signing Marco Pellegrino is the only center-back option on the bench. Since he has yet to register his debut for the club, Pioli cannot rely on him in such a high-stakes game.

Milan will be out to avenge a two-game losing run in all competitions. Pioli is under pressure after a home defeat to Juventus last weekend knocked his side down from a four-game winning run in Serie A. Rossoneri failed to provide an adequate response in midweek Champions League action.

Paris Saint-Germain put three unanswered goals past Milan on Wednesday, clipping their wings ahead of this trip. 

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