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Milan and Inter prepare derby changes


Milan are expected to use Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a new strike partner against Inter, who are still waiting on Samir Handanovic.

The Derby della Madonnina kicks off on Sunday at 19.45 GMT,click here for a match preview.

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Ibrahimovic and Simon Kjaer both skipped last week’s 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona, but have now recovered from flu and resumed training.

The Swede also had a slight calf issue and therefore did not take part in the game between ranks, but focused more on a personalised training schedule.

Zlatan is therefore expected to start upfront, but rather than introduce Rafael Leao or even Ante Rebic, it’s rumoured Stefano Pioli is planning to move Giacomo Bonaventura or Hakan Calhanoglu into a support striker role, allowing the midfield greater coverage.

This would in essence be less a 4-4-1-1 and more a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Samu Castillejo, Calhanoglu/Bonaventura and Rafael Leao behind Ibrahimovic.

Ismael Bennacer returns from suspension and Rade Krunic has shaken off a muscular issue, while even Lucas Biglia is back in the squad after six weeks out.

As for Inter, the big question mark there is around captain and goalkeeper Handanovic, who suffered a hairline fracture to the little finger on his left hand.

He missed the 2-0 win at Udinese, replaced by Daniele Padelli, as Tommaso Berni is suspended.

Handanovic is determined to play in the Milan Derby and a special protective glove has been created for him, but there are risks he could do even further damage and require surgery.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Handanovic did not work with the ball in training today, even with the protective glove, so Antonio Conte is leaning towards preserving the Slovenian.

Lautaro Martinez is suspended following his tantrum towards the referee, so Alexis Sanchez is the favourite to partner Romelu Lukaku.

In defence, Diego Godin is more likely than Danilo D’Ambrosio to replace banned Alessandro Bastoni.

Marcelo Brozovic is back in the starting XI, but Matias Vecino could push Christian Eriksen on to the bench, as the former Tottenham Hotspur signing is still adapting to his new club.

Ashley Young, however, has taken to Inter and Serie A like a duck to water and is now first choice on the left flank.

Probable line-ups

Inter:Padelli; Godin, De Vrij, Skriniar; Candreva, Barella, Brozovic, Eriksen, Young; Alexis Sanchez, R Lukaku

Milan:G Donnarumma; Conti, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Castillejo, Kessie, Bennacer, Bonaventura; Calhanoglu; Ibrahimovi

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