Mandzukic gets hurt, Bentancur talks and Ronaldo case update

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Mario Mandzukic suffered a thigh flexor injury yesterday and will be further evaluated in the next few days: he is in jeopardy of missing for the next two games against Bologna in Coppa Italia and Milan in Supercoppa. Coach Massimiliano Allegri should provide an update in the next presser.

The upcoming Serie A match against Chievo has been slightly postponed and will kick-off at 8.30 pm, rather than at 7 pm, because the fixture in the late spot, Genoa-Milan, has been moved to 3 pm for public order reasons.

The Kathryn Mayorga case has been dormant for a while, but there was a new development in the investigation yesterday, as the Las Vegas police formally asked the Italian authorities to obtain a DNA sample of Cristian Ronaldo. Their spokeswoman Laura Meltzer stated that the department is taking the same steps as in any other sexual assault allegation. The footballer’s lawyer Peter Christiansen reiterated that Ronaldo never denied spending time with the woman that night back in 2009.

Rodrigo Bentancur talked briefly to the club’s TV yesterday: “The vacations were important to rest a little and spend time with my family, but now we are already focused on the next challenges. I am happy for scoring two goals, but I hope to add few more. I need to improve my passing game, in the long balls for Cristiano for instance, and in occupying the space in front of the defense. The coach always remind me of that. After the Bologna game, we will think about the Supercoppa against Bologna, which is our next big objective.”

As Juventus are reportedly closing in on signing Aaron Ramsay for next season, Arsenal coach Unai Emery dropped a pretty heavy hint: “Before the last game, I asked him if he was ready to play and he responded affirmatively and gave a great effort. His future is a personal matter that concerns him, his family and his agent. He is practicing hard and I want him to do the same on the pitch. I respect his decision, but for now I can not add anything else. What matter to me is that he is with us in the present.”

The Supercoppa in Jeddah continues to be in the midst of controversy and, according to the Associated Press, the beIN Sports channel, owned by the government of Qatar, formally asked the League to move the game because Saudi Arabia supports piracy and does have a law in place to protect TV rights and intellectual properties. Serie A president Luigi De Siervo has not answered yet, but a change seems unlikely this late.

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