Huge blow for AC Milan as Ibrahimovic ruled out of crunch Juventus clash

Stefano Pioli has confirmed that the Swedish striker will sit out the Rossoneri’s top-of-the-table showdown with the reigning Serie A champions

AC Milan have been dealt a huge blow as Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been ruled out their crunch clash with Juventus.

Ibrahimovic has played a key role in Milan’s rise to the top of the Serie A standings this season.

The 39-year-old has rewarded Rossoneri officials for handing him a new one-year contract in September by scoring 10 goals in six domestic outings – the same number he managed in 12 more games during the second half of the 2019-20 campaign.

However, the former Sweden international has been sidelined with a muscle strain since netting twice in a 3-2 win over Napoli in November, missing 10 fixtures across all competitions in total.

Supporters would have hoped to see Ibrahimovic recover in time for a top-of-the-table meeting with Juve at San Siro on Wednesday night, but Stefano Pioli has confirmed that the talismanic figure remains unavailable for selection.