Nigerian winger Samuel Chukwueze is expected to start in AC Milan’s Coppa Italia clash against Cagliari before departing for the Africa Cup of Nations. 

As has been reported by, Chukwueze will almost certainly be in action from the first minute on January 2nd against Cagliari as it gives Stefano Pioli a chance to rest Christian Pulisic on the right wing.

There is little risk involved for Milan in doing this as Chukwueze is more than capable of doing what is needed in that game and the day after, he will depart to link up with the Nigeria national team as they prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations.

He is one of two Milan players who will be departing for the tournament, as Ismael Bennacer has accepted the call-up from Algeria.

It was not certain that he would be called up by Algeria he has been out injured for many months and has only made two appearances since his return.

He will not have any role to play against Cagliari because the Algerian FA have decided to convene all of their players on January 2, rejecting Milan’s request to let Bennacer go on the 3rd of January so he could face Cagliari.

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