Serie A Injury Report – Round 14

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Juventus: Federico Bernardeschi is expected to be called up after shaking off an adductor problem, while Alex Sandro subbed off in Champions League because of a thigh issue that has not been disclosed yet, so he is questionable for the Fiorentina game. Sami Khedira (ankle) and Emre Can remain out for this week.

Napoli: Raul Albiol suffered a mild ankle sprain against Red Star Belgrade and he is at risk for the Monday game. After picking up the same injury, Amin Younes should be at the coach’s disposal, while Simone Verdi is set to skip another one, and likely few more, because his was more severe. Continue reading

Serie A Injury Report – Round 13

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Juventus: Federico Bernardeschi and Sami Khedira will not play this week because of an adductor issue and an ankle sprain. Miralem Pjanic should be available after a little muscular ailment with Bosnia. Emre Can is recovering from thyroid surgery. The two German players could return within a couple of weeks, the Italian winger sooner.

Napoli: Simone Verdi worked his way back from a thigh problem, but rolled his ankle in practice and could miss some time. Amin Younes has shaken off the Achilles injury, but he had the same problem of his teammate, even though his one is considered milder. Alex Meret is dealing with a sore shoulder on top of going through a bumpy rehab from a forearm fracture. Dries Mertens got a bruise in practice. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round 10

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Salvatore Sirigu: Torino’s defence has had its up-and-downs, but they will face a Fiorentina team that has been lousy on the road and has scored just two away goals so far.

Francesco Vicari: Frosinone have made some progress, but mostly at home and they have been shutout in three of their four road games, so picking the leader of SPAL’s sturdy back-line could be a decent idea.

Pol Lirola: Bologna have yet to find the target away from the Dall’Ara Stadium, while Sassuolo is fresh off a clean sheet versus Sampdoria. The pesky right back could also do some damage on offence.  Continue reading

Serie A Best Team to Pick – Round 2

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Most of the top fantasy players underperformed in week 1, let’s hope for a better performance in this round.

Alban Lafont: the youngster has already drawn rave reviews in Florence after his summer move from Toulouse.  The Viola will host Chievo, which played well against Juventus, but might have some troubles replicating that on the road.

Alex Sandro: Juventus’ back-line will look for improvements after a subpar showing in Verona against Lazio’s always powerful attack, which however sputtered against Napoli. The Brazilian full-back still excelled versus Chievo and provided the decisive assist. Continue reading

Serie A Player Status Updates – Week 1

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Even though it is just the first match day, teams are already dealing with a number of injuries.

Juventus: Leonardo Spinazzola tore his ACL in Spring and will be out until October at best. Mattia De Sciglio is dealing with a minor muscular problem.

Napoli: Alex Meret fractured a finger a couple of weeks ago and will miss at least the first game. Faouzi Ghoulam is expected to resume practicing in a month after a follow-up procedure on his broken kneecap. Amin Younes tore his Achilles tendon right before the summer and it is unclear how long he will be out for. Continue reading

Serie A Player Status Updates – Round 37

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Here are the updates on the health of few players.

Juventus: Juan Cuadrado is suspended, while Stefano Sturaro and Mattia De Sciglio were in the squad list for the Coppa Italia final, so they have shaken off a foot and an Achilles injury. Giorgio Chiellini and Benedikt Howedes should remain out due to thigh injuries, but they have been called up. 

Napoli: Faouzi Ghoulam made a surprise return to the squad list last week after a lengthy recover for a pair of serious knee injuries. Vlad Chiriches and Adam Ounas have been ruled out late.  Continue reading

Serie A Player Status Updates – Round 35

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Here are the updates on few players’ conditions ahead of the upcoming round.

Juventus: Giorgio Chiellini suffered a hamstring (biceps femoris) strain just above the knee and will miss at least three weeks, with the risk of not returning this season. Mattia De Sciglio is out with a plantar fascia injury, Stefano Sturaro with a sore Achilles.

Napoli: no absentees other than the usual one Faouzi Ghoulam.

Roma: Diego Perotti and Kevin Strootman have already been ruled out due to an ankle sprain and a rib contusion. El Monito’s ailment is more severe since there is some ligament damage. Gregoire Defrel and Rick Karsdorp remain out following knee surgeries.  Continue reading

Serie A Team of the Week – Round 32

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There were not very many goals in the last Serie A round: here are the players that made it to the Team of the week.

Gianluigi Donnarumma: there were several clean sheets in the weekend and some excellent goalkeeping, but no save was more impressive than Gigio’s one on a wide open Arek Milik in the six-foot box in the final minutes of Milan-Napoli.

Benedikt Howedes: the German world champion returned after a lengthy absence due to injury and buried a header in his second start of the season. He was the only player to either score on assist in his role, so he was the top defender with eight points.

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Fiorentina Must Not Lose Heart After 0-0 Draw with SPAL

Fiorentina hosted a plucky SPAL side on Sunday morning, the Viola in fine form having won their last six matches in a row. Their opponents had been on a good run themselves however, Leonardo Semplici’s men unbeaten since a 1-0 loss to Napoli on February 18th. Only two of the seven games that followed have been victories, but a 0-0 draw with reigning champions Juventus proved that the Coach has transformed his backline into a well-organised unit.

Semplici is a self-confessed Fiorentina fan, returning to the Stadio Artemio Franchi as an opposition boss after he had previously taken charge of the likes of Federico Bernardeschi and Khouma Babacar in the Viola youth sector until leaving for SPAL in 2014.

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Serie A Player Status Updates – Round 31

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Once again the conditions of some of Serie A’s top players need to be monitored entering the next round.

Juventus: Andrea Barzagli suffered an abdominal injury against Real Madrid and he could miss one or two weeks. Federico Bernardeschi is again not in the squad list, even though he is close.

Napoli: Raul Albiol and Jorginho are suspended and Faouzi Ghoulam is out with a fibula fracture. Lorenzo Tonelli is a little banged up, while Vlad Chiriches was called up last week after a six-week absence due to a hamstring injury.

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