MILAN (Sporting Alert) — AC Milan are without striker Mario Balotelli for today’s Serie A clash with Lazio in a very interesting clash at San Siro.
Balotelli, who has been in great form since his Milan move in January, misses the game because of a bruised shin he suffered during a collision with Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic in the derby last week.
This sees Giampaolo Pazzini coming into the starting lineup to partner Stephan El Shaarawy in the attack with both teams looking at the third place currently up for grab.
Lazio is currently in third place on 47pts, but a win for AC Milan tonight would see them going third on 48pts and back in the Champions League play-off runnings.
El Shaarawy, who netted the opener in the 1-1 draw with Inter is apparently under the weather at the moment with flu-like symptoms, but is feeling well enough to start.
Lazio are without striker Miroslav Klose, Stefano Mauri, while Abdoulay Konko, Cristian Brocchi and Marius Stankevicius are also out of the context.
AC Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Zapata, Yepes, De Sciglio; Flamini, Ambrosini, Montolivo; Boateng, Pazzini, El Shaarawy
Lazio: Marchetti; Pereirinha, Biava, Dias, Radu; Ledesma; Candreva, Gonzalez, Hernanes, Lulic; Floccari