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Stefano Pioli provided an update on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s situation

Head coach Stefano Pioli has updated Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s fitness ahead of Milan’s Coppa Italia quarter-final against Lazio.

Stefano Pioli says Zlatan Ibrahimovic is like “a lion in a cage” in his quest to return from injury.

According to reports, he will be unavailable for Milan’s Coppa Italia quarter-final match against Lazio.

His side’s top scorer in Serie A this season with eight goals, Ibrahimovic is currently sidelined with an Achilles tendon injury, having limped off during the first half of last month’s stalemate with Juventus.

The 40-year-old’s absence was evident for most of last weekend’s derby with Inter.

The Rossoneri registering just one shot on goal until Olivier Giroud’s quickfire double completed a dramatic turnaround.

Milan welcome Lazio to San Siro in the last eight of the Coppa Italia on Wednesday, although it comes too soon for Ibrahimovic.

But Pioli insists the striker is doing everything in his power to return as soon as possible.

Soccer Football – Serie A – Inter Milan v AC Milan – San Siro, Milan, Italy – October 17, 2020 AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo

“Zlatan is a lion in a cage,” Stefan Pioli told Sport Mediaset.

“His motivation is to help the team on the pitch.

“Tomorrow, he won’t be [available]; we’ll see for the next ones.”

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Pioli also praised the contribution of Giroud, who has drawn criticism from some sections despite taking his tally to seven for the campaign with that derby brace.

While also becoming the first Frenchman to net twice against Inter in Serie A.

When asked whether his display against the Nerazzurri deflected the criticism, the head coach said:

“I don’t know, and the detractors are always there. What matters is the trust we have.

“He is proving to be the footballer for whom he was purchased.

“[He is] a valuable player and a person of great depth who is making a great contribution to the team.”

What lies ahead for Ac Milan?

AC Milan will be facing Lazio in the quarter-final of the Coppa Italia.

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