Not only in attack, but also significant absences in defence. Beyond the long-term absentees Pierre Kalulu and Marco Pellegrino, who are expected to return in 2024, the break couldn't bring back Simon Kjaer in shape.
Actually, the Danish player wasn't available for Stefano Pioli against Fiorentina, and it's still unclear when he'll be able to return.
For this reason, just like in the attack with Francesco Camarda, Pioli has turned to the Primavera for defence, with Jan-Carlo Simic ready to be called up and available as the first solution after Fikayo Tomori and Malick Thiaw.
As reported by Tuttosport, it's still uncertain whether Simon Kjaer will be among the called-up players for the crucial Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund, valid for the fifth matchday of Group F.
The absence of the Danish center-back who is 34 years old, sidelined due to a muscular issue, is complicating Pioli's plans, leaving him completely short of alternatives among the central defenders.