Absent from the field since September due to left calf injuries, Mike Maignan sees the end of the tunnel. The French goalkeeper will resume competition with AC Milan this Sunday, against Atalanta, announced his coach. "Mike is fine and he will play tomorrow," Pioli told a news conference on Saturday.

"He was the best goalkeeper last season, he brings us so much in so many different situations. He hasn't played for five months, he's fine, mentally and physically, but he, too, will need time to get back into the rhythm," he added. The ex-Lille has lived these months away from the field "like a lion in a cage, he is very motivated," said the technician.

At 41, Ibra does not give up

This return is very good news for the interested party, of course, but also for the France team, where the succession of Hugo Lloris is open. Maignan (5 caps), international since 2019, is the favorite. The next match of the Blues is scheduled for March 24 against the Netherlands, as part of the qualifications for Euro 2024.

Another highly anticipated return on Sunday is that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has not yet played this season after undergoing surgery on his left knee at the end of May. After remaining on the bench for the last two games, the Swede is also fit to play his first minutes. "The first step was to bring him back into the group, he made a lot of sacrifices, now he is ready," Pioli said of his veteran (41), a great architect of the Rossoneri's return to the top since his return to Lombardy in January 2020.

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