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  • 29 April 2013
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AC Milan - Catania Preview: 'Super Mario' returns for stuttering Rossoneri

AC Milan - Catania Preview: 'Super Mario' returns for stuttering Rossoneri

AFP

Massimiliano Allegri welcomes back Balotelli as the hosts look to get their Champions League push back on track with victory over their Sicilian visitors



Mario Balotelli will make his return to the Milan starting line-up this weekend with the San Siro side looking to get back to winning ways against Europa League-chasing Catania.

The former Manchester City star is available after a two-game suspension and is likely to be thrust straight back into the action as the Rossoneri look to kick-start their pursuit of Champions League football next season after a run of three games without a win.

Kevin-Prince Boateng and Matthieu Flamini are available once more after both missed the trip to face Juventus last weekend through injury and suspension respectively.

However, the home side will be without the services of club captain Massimo Ambrosini after he was forced off the field at Juventus Stadium with ankle ligament damage.

Daniele Bonera is expected to take the place of the suspended Cristian Zapata to partner Philippe Mexes at centre-back.

Catania, meanwhile, are forced into a defensive reshuffle after last weekend’s ill-tempered Sicilian derby.

Goalkeeper Mariano Andujar is suspended after his sending off in the final minute of the 1-1 draw with Palermo, while defenders Giuseppe Bellusci and Nicolas Spolli are missing after both picked up yellow cards that triggered bans in the tie.

Coach Rolando Maran is sweating over the fitness of his captain Mariano Izco with Lucas Castro ready to step in.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Allegri's side have failed to win any of their last three fixtures in Serie A, their worst run of the campaign since September.
  • Last year's corresponding fixture saw Milan run out comfortable winners, cruising to a 4-0 victory at San Siro.
  • Stephan El Shaarawy (pictured, right) scored twice as the Rossoneri saw off Serie D outfit Folgore Caratese 9-2 in a training-ground friendly this week.
  • Catania haven't beaten Milan in the league since they regained promotion to Serie A in 2006.
  • Gli Elifante are in a position to challenge for the best finish in their history. Their current highest finish to date is 8th place.
  • The Sicilian derby last weekend at Catania's Stadio Angelo Massimino ended with a 22-man scuffle on the pitch after Josip Ilicic's dramatic equaliser for Palermo saw tensions boil over.

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14Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
5Philippe MexesDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
25Daniele BoneraDefender
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
20Mathieu FlaminiMidfielder
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
45Mario BalotelliStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
59GabrielGoalkeeper
-Lazar PetkovicGoalkeeper
-Kevin Constant Midfielder
33Mario YepesDefender
3Luca AntoniniDefender
81Cristian ZaccardoDefender
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
-Bakaye TraoréMidfielder
-RobinhoStriker
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
78M'Baye NiangStriker
1Alberto FrisonGoalkeeper
5Alexis RolínDefender
6Nicola LegrottaglieDefender
15Giovanni MarcheseDefender
4Sergio AlmironMidfielder
-Francesco LodiMidfielder
-Mariano Julio IzcoMidfielder
19Lucas CastroMidfielder
10Pablo BarrientosMidfielder
9Gonzalo BergessioStriker
-Alejandro GómezMidfielder
29Pietro TerraccianoGoalkeeper
-Giuseppe MessinaGoalkeeper
-Alessandro PotenzaDefender
-Blazej AugustynDefender
33Ciro CapuanoDefender
-E. CabalcetaDefender
10Adrian RicchiutiMidfielder
27Marco BiagiantiMidfielder
11Amidu SalifuMidfielder
26KekoStriker
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