A return to the UCL for AC Milan?

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The 2018/19 Serie A season began with Milanisti having every reason to be optimistic about a long-awaited return to the Uefa Champions League. However, optimism was shortly traded for doubt and scepticism as Milan suffered injury after injury to many key players including; captain Alessio Romagnoli (calf injury), new signing Mattia Caldara (Achilles tendon rupture), and midfield star Giacomo Bonaventura (Knee surgery). At this point in time the squad is currently down seven players through injury or suspension. Despite this however, a renewed sense of hope has surrounded the club.

Lucas Biglia (pictured) is expected to miss up to four months after knee surgery.

A recent string of results has seen Milan climb the table into fourth place, just five points behind city rivals Inter Milan in third. While battling adversity Milan have managed to prove doubters wrong by grinding out results and playing some decent football. However, the season remains long, and Milan will need to take action if they are to maintain their current position and secure a top four finish.

Looking ahead to Milan’s December schedule the club should be looking for nothing less than maximum points as they face some one of the easiest run of games they’ll have all season. The biggest challenge comes in the form of a young Fiorentina side who have appeared largely unorganised to begin this campaign. Furthermore, the January transfer market will be key to any success they have this year as the squad is in desperate need of depth after some season ending injuries. Milan have already shown promising signs, acquiring Brazilian midfielder of the year, Lucas Paqueta, and seemingly making concrete steps towards midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas and former Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Milan appear to be heading in the right direction already, however, it is imperative they have a successful transfer market in order to follow through on their goal to return to the Uefa Champions League.