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Stefano Pioli confirms the long-awaited return of Mike Maignan

AC Milan’s French goalkeeper Mike Maignan is confirmed to be back in Milan starting line-up after being out since September

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli confirms the return of their shot-stopper Mike Maignan, who will be making his first appearance since September.

Maignan is a ‘lion in a cage’

Mike Maignan was sidelined due to a calf injury, having lost a chance to represent France in the World Cup. the Frenchman lost a big chunk of Milan’s season but Ciprian Tatarusanu has been filling in for the French goalkeeper.

“Mike will play,” Pioli said at a pre-match press conference.

“Tata did his duty fully. He struggled in the beginning because he hadn’t played for a long time, then he found a rhythm and made a good contribution. He hasn’t been very well lately. 

“Mike has been a lion in a cage, he’s doing well and is very motivated, he will certainly give us a great contribution. He was the best goalkeeper last season and he gives us a lot.

“However, he is a player who hasn’t played for five months. He will need some time, but we are expecting a lot and I am very happy with his return.”

“Mike has been a lion in a cage

Maignan was a crucial part of Milan’s scudetto-winning season when he kept 17 clean sheets in 32 appearances last season. He boasted a 79.41% save percentage which was only second to Torino’s Etrit Berisha.

Asked whether the 41-year-old’s long-awaited comeback could arrive on Sunday, Pioli said: “It could, the first call I made with him was to get him back with the group against Torino.

“Ibra is getting better and better. He knows how much he worked and suffered to be available again. Now he’s available, he’s ready to play.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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