TEAM NEWS: Ibrahimovic to start Coppa Italia clash with Juventus

It had been feared that the Sweden international would be denied the opportunity to face his old club because of illness but he will once again lead the Rossoneri attack
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will start for AC Milan in Tuesday night's Coppa Italia semi-final second-leg showdown with Juventus.

It had been reported by Italian media earlier in the day that the Sweden international had been ruled out of the game with a fever but the forward has been paired with Stephan El Shaarawy in the Rossoneri attack, with Robinho again missing out because of the ankle knock he picked up in training last week.

Elsewhere, Philippe Mexes, who has just completed a three-game suspension in Serie A, returns alongside Thiago Silva in defence, with Daniele Bonera the man to make way. Also in defence, Djamel Mesbah replaces Gianluca Zambrotta.

In midfield, Alberto Aquilani and Clarence Seedorf both return from injury, while Gennaro Gattuso, who made a late cameo against Parma at the weekend after finally overcoming his ocular problems, is again named among the Milan substitutes

As for the home side, coach Antonio Conte has, as promised, recalled Alessandro Del Piero up front and replaced Gianluigi Buffon with Marco Storari in goal.

Del Piero will have Mirko Vucinic and Simone Pepe for company in the Bianconeri's three-pronged attack , with Alessandro Matri having been ruled out through injury Fabio Quagliarella and Marco Borriello both left on the bench once again.

Elsewhere, Giorgio Chiellini returns in defence but Andrea Barzagli remains sidelined with a calf problem, while Emanuele Giaccherini takes over from the benched Claudio Marchisio in midfield.

Juventus (4-3-3):
Storari; Lichsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, De Ceglie; Vidal, Pirlo, Giaccherini; Pepe, Del Piero, Vucinic.

Subs: Manninger, Caceres, Estigarribia, Marchisio, Padoin, Quagliarella, Borriello.

AC Milan (4-3-1-2): Amelia; Antonini, Mexes, Thiago Silva, Mesbah; Aquilani, Seedorf, Muntari; Emanuelson; Ibrahimovic, El Shaarawy.

Subs: Abbiati, Bonera, yepes, Gattuso, Nocerino, Maxi Lopez, Inzaghi.

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