AC Milan - Reggina Preview: Serie B strugglers look to stir up shock at San Siro

Massimiliano Allegri will be hoping his side progress to the quarter-finals without too much trouble against Davide Dionigi's men and is expected to give fringe players a run out


Abate, Zapata, Acerbi, Mesbah
Cristante, Flamini, Strasser
Boateng, Niang, Bojan

Freddi, Ely, Lucioni
Melara, Armellino, Hetemaj, Rizzato
Comi, Ceravolo

AC Milan are expected to ring the changes for their Coppa Italia clash with Serie B side Reggina. Out go a whole host of first-team names and in come fringe players and youngsters desperate to stake their claims in front of coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Nigel de Jong is out for the rest of the season, having ruptured his Achillies tendon during Milan's 4-2 win over Torino, while emerging talisman Stephan El Shaarawy is likely to be rested. Summer signing Mame Niang is expected to start in his place.

Elsewhere, Kevin-Prince Boateng returns from suspension and Sulley Muntari could make his long-awaited return to the first team following his recovery from knee ligament damage.

  • AC Milan have never lost at home to Reggina in the nine times they have met at San Siro.
  • The last time the two sides faced each other was back in 2009 when Reggina held the Rossoneri to a 1-1 draw. Mathieu Flamini (pictured, right) could be the only player that played in that match to feature on Thursday.
  • Milan's biggest win against Reggina on home soil was a 5-1 success back in 2008.
  • Reggina knocked out Serie A side Chievo to reach the last 16 of the Coppa Italia for the the first time since 2008.
  • Rodrigo Ely and Gianmario Comi, who both play for the Amaranto, are on loan from Milan.
  • Reggina last beat Milan 2-0 back in 2007 at Stadio Oreste Granillo.