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Coach Carlo Ancelotti must continue to work without his star player...

Milan have been struggling lately in the absence of their talismanic threat Kaka and it appears the news will get no better for them as the Rossoneri will have to face Atalanta this weekend without their Brazilian maestro, according to the Corriere dello Sport.

The Brazilian international has been out of action since a metatarsal injury on February 7 in a 1-1 against Reggina. There was initial optimism he would return quickly, but he has now been sidelined for nearly a month.

Meanwhile, there are slim chances that midfielders Massimo Ambrosini and Ronaldinho could be in the line-up on Sunday afternoon.

After, losing last weekend to Sampdoria in a disappointing display both striker Alexandre Pato and defender Daniele Bonera have insisted the Rossoneri must improve for this match.

"It is a game we must win. A very important match in our journey," said the young Brazilian.

Bonera was wary of the Bergamo-based side, who sit in ninth place in the league standings: "They are a tough team that does not give up. The elimination from the UEFA Cup has affected us and we want to react."

The Rossoneri currently sit in third going into Round 27, now 12 points away from the summit.

Adam Scime, Goal.com

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