AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed Sulley Muntari will not start in Tuesday’s Serie-A game at Palermo.
The Ghana international has made a tremendous recovery from a serious knee injury sustained in the summer to make the Rossoneri team for the midweek game.
Milan have had a poor start to their season in the 27-year-old’s absence.
Things are however looking up following the weekend’s 1-0 win against Genoa.
Muntari’s timely return thus serves as a further boost to Milan who have lost five times, drawn one and won only three in the nine matches played so far in the Italian top flight.
Allegri though happy to to have his midfield enforcer back says Muntari is not match fit to start from the onset against Palermo.
“Muntari is feeling alright, but he’s lacking match fitness and rhythm,” Allegri said in his pre-match briefing.
“It’s only right that he returns to become a part of the group. But he won’t play from the start.”
The former Inter Milan star’s return is also serves as good news for Ghana as the Black Stars prepare to make their latest attempt to win the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa next year.