By Mukwuzi Joseph
Swedish striker Zlantan Ibrahimovic will not play in Wednesday’s Champions League group stage match against Liverpool, AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli said Tuesday.
Pioli told reporters that Ibrahimovic felt pain in his Achilles tendon Tuesday at a training session and will miss the game as a precaution. The Italian Serie A team faces its Premier League foe at 3 p.m. EDT Wednesday at Anfield in Liverpool, England.
“There is no point in taking a risk at such an important stage of the season,” Pioli said. “It’s a massive game, but we have plenty of important games coming up.”
Pioli said Ibrahimovic was slated to start Wednesday, but the field at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy, might have aggravated his injury. The AC Milan manager said Olivier Giroud or Ante Rebic will start in place of the Swedish striker.