The umpteenth setback against Udinese, with an equal caught at the last possible second amid the controversy of the Friulians, is a wake-up call for Milan.
Stefano Pioli admits the difficulties against teams that close when reference attackers are missing.
Without Ibrahimovic and Mandzukic, Milan are forced to reinvent themselves and rely on Leao, who was disoriented, out of place and perhaps even a little disconsolate yesterday.
Pioli was sure of the young Rossoneri's emotional maturity but, on an evening in which Rebic and Theo Hernandez also disappointed, Leao failed in the role of front-line.
In Verona there will not be the two experienced strikers, Calhanoglu and Bennacer also absent.
Decisive players for the Rossoneri game in the most delicate moment of the season.
In the last six games, Milan have only managed to win against Roma at the Olimpico, a success that seemed the sign of a recovery but, after just three days, yet another slowdown came.
The injury emergency is a constant throughout the Rossoneri season and the squads available to Pioli do not boast important alternatives as happens for Inter or Juventus.
On Sunday the presence of Tonali, who came out with a contracture at the end of the first half, will also be evaluated.
He was replaced by Meité who makes too many mistakes despite having Kessié at his side, the player with the best performance of the entire team.
Without Bennacer, Calhanoglu and Ibra, the leaders of each department are missing.
Pioli is not prone to complaints and knows that with a young group, trust must never be lacking in order not to depress the environment.
But we need to tighten the recovery time because next week Milan will face United and Napoli.
The advantage accumulated with a first round above expectations is tapering off.
Juve and Atalanta are four points away and the bianconeri have a game to catch up.
Then, the node renews itself.
The club is confident about the contract extensions of Donnarumma and Calhanoglu but the negotiation with the goalkeeper is far from the epilogue.
Between supply and demand there would be a distance of 2 million and there would be no agreement even for the years of the contract.
Pioli is certain that the players are not conditioned in their performance but defining at least these situations would help to find more peace of mind while waiting to understand if this Milan can really return to the Europe that matters.