Stefano Pioli has given an update on Zlatan Ibrahimović’s condition before his side’s battle against Lazio in the quarter-final of the Coppa Italia.
is like “a lion in a cage” in his attempts to come back after his injury setback. However, theMilan
boss revealed that he will not play when they lock horns wit Lazio in the Coppa Italia quarter-final.
Ibra, who is Milan’s top scorer inSerie A
this season with eight goals has sustained an Achilles tendon injury, having suffered it in the battle againstJuventus
The icon was missed in Milan’s derby with Inter as the Rossoneri registered only one shot on goal until Olivier Giroud’s brace secured their victory and turned things around.
Milan will take onLazio
in the quarter final of the Coppa Italia on Wednesday, but Ibra will not be available.
Pioli, however, insisted that the 40-year-old is doing everything he can to come back sooner.
Zlatan is a lion in a cage,"
he told Sportmediaset.
"His motivation is to help the team on the pitch.
"Tomorrow, he won't be [available]; we'll see for the next ones."
Pioli also hailed Giroud’s contribution after he drew criticism notwithstanding scoring twice and extending his tally to seven this season, while becoming the first Frenchman to score a brace against Inter in Serie A.
When quizzed if his performance deflected the criticism, Pioli said:
"I don't know, the detractors are always there. What matters is the trust we have.
"He is proving to be the footballer for whom he was purchased. [He is] a valuable player and a person of great depth who is making a great contribution to the team."
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