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Milan: Pioli explains decision to avoid signing new goalkeeper

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The Rosseneri’s No.1 keeper Mike Maignan has stayed out of action since September.

Stefano Pioli insists Milan’s decision not to sign a new goalkeeper despite Mike Maignan’s injury is due to their faith in his backup.

Maignan picked up a calf injury in France’s Nations League victory over Austria on September 22. Since then, veteran goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu has replaced Milan’s No.1 between their posts.

Fans expected the club to sign a new keeper in January, but the Rossoneri have decided to wait for Maignan’s return.

Speaking on the French keeper’s situation on Thursday, Pioli said: “The choice was mine and that of the technical team.

“We have faith in Tatarusanu and we think that Maignan could be back in action soon.”

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Asked when he expects Maignan to return to Milan’s squad, Pioli added: “I don’t know. His recovery is progressing well and he’s returned to the field, albeit not with the team.”

Pioli confirmed, however, that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could return to Milan’s squad for their upcoming match against Torino.

“He’s feeling better,” Pioli said.

“His role in the side is to be a great motivator and a great player. He’ll be with us tomorrow because he wants to be with us.”

Following their match against Torino, Milan will return to the Champions League, where they meet Tottenham. The Spurs are also dealing with their goalkeeper’s absence, with Hugo Lloris suffering a long-term injury last week.