Stephan El Shaarawy targets Barcelona return

El Shaarawy targets Barcelona return
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AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy targets a return to first-team action for next month's Champions League clash with Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy has declared that he is targeting a return to action in time for next month's trip to Barcelona in the Champions League.

El Shaarawy has endured a frustrating start to the campaign through injury, with a muscle strain swiftly followed by a hairline fracture to the fourth metatarsal in his left foot.

The 20-year-old believes that featuring in Milan's trip to the Camp Nou is a realistic target, while reiterating his desire to fight for a first-team place with the Rossoneri.

He told Gazzetta dello Sport: "Next week I'll do an ultrasound on my foot, but I should return for the game with Barcelona on November 6.

"I've done some great things in a Milan shirt, but I've also done some bad things. I just want to be judged by what I do on the pitch though.

"My mind is only on Milan. I have already stated on several occasions that I want to stay here."

The Italy international faces stiff competition for a starting spot at Milan when fully fit, with Mario Balotelli and Robinho joined by summer signing Alessandro Matri in attack at the San Siro.

AC Milan's Stephan El Shaarawy celebrates with team mate Ignazio Abate after scoring the opening goal against PSV Eindhoven on August 20, 2013
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