The Italian defender believes the starlet will significantly strengthen the Rossoneri, while insisting that the team has greatly improved since the start of the season.
The injury-plagued Pato has not seen a minute's action so far this term, as a result of an injury he picked up while representing Brazil at the London Olympics. However, he has since recovered and is expected to make his first appearance when Milan take on Lazio this Saturday, and Bonera believes the attacker rejoins the squad at just the right time.
"It is important that Pato now returns. He is a great player and will definitely be an extra weapon in our attack," he was quoted as saying by Sky Sport Italia.
Massimiliano Allegri's side has been disappointing in its Serie A campaign so far, managing just seven points from seven games. However, Bonera believes that the club has progressed.
"The team have improved a lot. We have had some good games but we've paid for some mistakes," he continued. "As for the Scudetto? Perhaps not, but the team is getting better and I believe this is clear to everybody."
One area where Milan has suffered this term has been from set pieces with every one of the team's goals conceded in Serie A having come from a set play.
"We have suffered in regard to man marking. We have not defended the area well from dead ball situations. We have studied where we have gone wrong in previous games over the international break and I believe we are now better prepared," he added.
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