Poor AC Milan coach Max Allegri must be sick of the sight of Barcelona. Having met them in the Champions League every season since 2011, the rossoneri host those pesky Catalans at the San Siro again on Tuesday. Milan won 2-0 when these sides met in Milan last season, though Barça responded with a rather emphatic 4-0 win in Spain to send the Italians crashing out of the tournament.
It's difficult to see Milan repeating last season's heroics with such a big injury list. First-choice goalkeeper Christian Abbiati will miss out, while arguably the rossoneri's two best players -- Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy -- are also among those sidelined. What's more, they've had a terrible start to the season, and only managed a 1-1 draw away at Ajax in their first group game.
For La Liga leaders Barça -- who struggled to a 1-0 win over Celtic in their opening group game -- only Ibrahim Afellay and more importantly Jordi Alba are sidelined. That means we'll get to see Philippe Mexès and Cristián Zapata desperately trying to keep out Neymar and Lionel Messi, and I doubt it'll be pretty.
AC Milan injuries and suspensions
Barcelona injuries and suspensions
Out: Ibrahim Afellay (thigh), Jordi Alba (hamstring). In doubt: None.
Match Date/Time: Tuesday, 8:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET
Venue: San Siro, Milan, Italy
TV: Fox Sports 1 (U.S. - English), Fox Deportes (U.S. - Spanish), Sportsnet (Canada), Sky Sports 4/HD (U.K.) Sky Calcio 1 (Italy).
Online: Fox Soccer 2Go (U.S.), Sportsnet World Online (Canada).