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Juventus star Pirlo: We hope that Ibrahimovic will be available for Milan on Saturday

Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo hopes that AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be available for Saturday's Serie A encounter between the two title contenders.

The Sweden international received a red card in his side's scoreless draw against Napoli earlier this month, and was consequently handed a three-game suspension.

However, Ibrahimovic opted to appeal his ban, with a final decision to be made this Thursday, and his former Rossoneri teammate wants the striker to feature for the opposition.

"We hope that Ibra will be there on Saturday," Pirlo was quoted as saying by La Stampa.

Ibrahimovic has already missed two matches due to his suspension and will be available for Saturday's encounter at San Siro if his ban is reduced by one game.

The 30-year-old Swede has been a key figure at Milan this season, and has already netted 15 Serie A goals.