AC Milan have been struck with a blow as talented winger Ante Rebic is still unable to play just a week before their trip to Celtic Park.
Rebic underwent tests today after picking up a nasty elbow injury against Crotone back in September, according to Calciomercato. However, the news was negative for Milan, with Rebic ruled out of their derby clash with Inter on Saturday.
The popular Italian source has stated that there will be another evaluation of the Croatian international at some stage next week. That leaves him doubtful for their Europa League opener against Celtic.
Milan News has reported that the player will continue “conservative therapy” this week before his next test. Rebic hasn’t played in any of Milan’s three European matches this season. He did, however, start the Rossoneri’s first two games of the league campaign, bagging an assist against Crotone.
The winger is a relatively new signing after joining from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer of 2019. After bagging 100 games for the Bundesliga side, he went on to have a sensational debut campaign with Milan – scoring 12 goals including strikes against the likes of Lazio and Juventus (Transfermarkt).
Rebic vs Frimpong would be an exciting duel
It’s also worth mentioning that Rebic is an experienced internationalist. He has 36 caps to his name, and at 27, he’s coming into his peak years as a player. Him not being available for Parkhead would be a blow to Milan.
In his place, Portugal under-21 international Rafael Leao has started to flourish. He bagged a brace before the international break against Spezia, leaving him as Rebic’s most likely replacement.
But it would be terrific to see how Jeremie Frimpong would fare against the Croatian. Coming up against a talent like Rebic is all part of Jeremie’s next steps in his development. Keeping a player like that quiet whilst enforcing your own influence on the flank would be a real feather in his cap.
And it’s tussles like this which should have Frimpong buzzing about European football this season. Neil Lennon often favoured Hatem Elhamed on the European stage last year – but it’s now set up for Frimpong to be given more responsibility on the continent.
Whether it’s Leao or Rebic of course, Celtic will still have to keep them quiet. Deliveries into Zlatan Ibrahimovic will likely be Milan’s main focus, and that means halting their assets down the flanks will be a primary task.
It’s all starting to heat up. Here’s hoping Rebic comes through his evaluation next week though – beating Milan at full strength means a lot more than if some of their best players are missing.