Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not take part in AC Milan’s visit to Anfield to face Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday after being left at home as a precaution following Achilles tendon strain.
The Swedish forward made his first appearance since May 9 on Sunday when he scored on his return against Lazio.
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Sources told ESPN that Ibrahimovic is in the running to start against Liverpool after his last replacement appearance.
The 39-year-old helped Milan return to the Champions League for the first time since 2014 as his goals helped the Rossoneri in second place last season.
Former Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, who missed Sunday’s clash against Lazio despite testing negative for the coronavirus after a period of quarantine, is in the running to start. The France international had started Milan’s first two games of the season, scoring two goals in the 4-1 win over Cagliari.
Milan suffered a difficult draw on their return to Europe’s premier football competition with Atletico Madrid and FC Porto, their other Group B opponents.
Ibrahimovic was in contention for his first meeting with Liverpool since his late goal saved a 1-1 draw for former club Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2017.
He has faced Liverpool twice in the Champions League – he was eliminated in the quarter-finals with Juventus in 2004-05 and in the round of 16 with Internazionale in 2007-08.
This will be Milan’s third meeting with Liverpool, their two previous encounters having taken place in the 2005 and 2007 Champions League finals, with each team winning one each.