Carlo Ancelotti has warned that Ronaldo may not be
fit to play against Ascoli tomorrow afternoon, but he will not be resting his
“I will rotate the squad a little bit in defence, but Kaka will play from the
start and stay on until I see signs of weakening,” noted the Milan tactician.
“Clarence Seedorf and Massimo Ambrosini rested at the weekend, so they can
return to midfield, while Andrea Pirlo will also start. Ronaldo has to fully
recover before he can play and until now that is not the case.
“We could see Ronaldo and Alberto Gilardino upfront or Ricardo Oliveira and
Gilardino. In the current situation, I would not talk about Ronaldo in the
A certain absence is Nelson Dida, as the goalkeeper has suffered a recurring
shoulder injury and is now a major doubt for the Champions League semi-final
with Manchester United.
“Unfortunately this shoulder problem is nothing new, but we will do everything
we can to get him back for Manchester. In any case, Zeljko Kalac is in good
“Paolo Maldini, Pippo Inzaghi and Cristian Brocchi aren’t fit yet, so we won’t
take risks with them. Marcos Cafu and Serginho will stay behind to work on their
The Rossoneri travel to the Stadio Del Duca against an Ascoli side that is
propping up the table and almost mathematically doomed to relegation.
“This team is alive and, just like Messina on Sunday, gambling with their last
throw of the dice. This is a great opportunity for us to go four points clear of
Palermo and that advantage in fourth place would give us a certain confidence.
There is still a long road to go for that Champions League spot though.”
Milan still have a good chance of winning the European trophy this season,
despite their difficult start in Serie A.
“That competition is a great satisfaction for anyone who wins it. When a big
club starts the season they think of taking everything, not creating a list of
Some say that the European result will decide whether Ancelotti remains on his
bench next season.
“My contract expires at the end of next term. I hope to extend it, but I haven’t
spoken to the club yet.”