Celtic’s Europa League opponents AC Milan might be in brilliant form right now but they have been handed a massive blow.
It is arguable that Celtic were drawn into the toughest group in the Europa League. AC Milan look like a side revived, sitting currently on top of the Seria A table and being led by a 39-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic who refuses to let age defy him.
Lille have also shown that they are a very capable side. They sit at second in the Ligue 1 table right now just behind Paris Saint-Germain. And Sparta Prague have also shown that they are no pushovers in the 4-1 win at Parkhead.
As a result, it is safe to say that the Hoops will have a tough time making it into the knockout stages this time around. With three group games played, they are on the brink of elimination already having just managed a solitary point till now.
AC Milan have been hit with a massive blow to their campaign though as managed has tested positive for the coronavirus.
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The club released the following statement as reported by Sky Sports:
"“All other tests carried out by the squad and staff came back negative. Training ahead of the match with Napoli will resume on Monday, subject to the checks set out in the (Italian federation) protocol.”"
This is bad news for the Italian giants as they will be without the manager who has revived them since taking over on the touchline. In his absence, assistant manager Giacomo Murelli is expected to be the man in charge.
Celtic are set to travel to San Siro on December 3rd and Pioli is expected to recover by then. We will like to give him our regards and wish him a speedy recovery. Hopefully, he will be on the touchline when the Hoops take on the Italians in a few weeks time.