Pato confident of recovery
Alexandre Pato is confident he will recover from injury in time to play in the Milan derby on April 2.
Pato has been struggling with a sprained ankle and it remains to be seen whether he will be able to take part in Brazil's friendly match against Scotland at the Emirates Stadium in London on Sunday.
With Inter having closed the gap at the top of the table to just two points, AC Milan will be eager to have Pato fully fit for the encounter.
"There are still many days left until April 2," he said. "The ankle is better. I hope to play against Inter. The fans should be calm. We are still top of the league ahead of Inter."
The Rossoneri have appealed the decision, though, and Piersilvio Berlusconi, son of Milan president Silvio, is hopeful that he will be able to take part in the game.
"I think the ban was excessive, but then again, I am talking as a fan," he said. "Clearly I hope to see him play in the derby. Inter are closing in, but we have confidence. Let the best team win."