AC Milan striker El Shaarawy ready to cover for Balotelli absence

AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy is ready to pick up the slack in the absence of suspended teammate Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli has been hit by a three-match ban.

“We get along very well, both on the field and off. We’re great friends and I see no type of problem,” assured El Shaarawy on Milan Channel.

“As a team we will try to put everything possible on to the field in order to achieve victory. My personal objective is to score 20 goals this season, but the most important thing is for Milan to take second place.

“Everyone keeps telling me not to worry about the goal and instead focus on the performance to help the team.

“We are disappointed at fumbling the 2-0 lead against Fiorentina, as we came out for the second half with less confidence. It’s a shame, but we are still up there and have to focus on the next game with Napoli.

“It is going to be very difficult, as Napoli are an excellent side with important players and we need to be very determined.

“I hope to beat Napoli and if the goal arrives for me then it’ll be even better.”

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