Serie A Injury and Suspension Report – Round Eight

Juventus:  Danilo is the only injured player returning, while Aaron Ramsey, Mattia De Sciglio and Douglas Costa need more time, even though the first two have resumed practicing fully. 

Inter: Alexis Sanchez underwent surgery to repair some torn peroneal tendons in the left ankle and will miss up to three months. Danilo D’Ambrosio fractured a toe while with Italy and should be out for four weeks. Continue reading

De Ligt discusses his start in Turin plus injury updates

Matthijs De Ligt talked about his mixed start in Italy in an interview with Dutch site Nu.nl: “The most important lesson I have learned so far at Juventus is that you need to have confidence in yourself. At the beginning, I was very worried about not making mistakes, but obviously you should never do that. I had never played before with that in my mind. My focus centred too much around that in the first few weeks. I took stock after the Atletico Madrid match, I wanted to resume performing with confidence. Something can always go wrong, but I am sure things will improve and I have started getting better from that day on.” Continue reading

Serie A Injury and Suspension Report – Round Seven

Atalanta: Luis Muriel returned in Champions League from his tonsillitis and thus they have no injuries to worry about.

Bologna: Roberto Soriano is suspended, while Mitchell Dijks is trying to come back from a ribs contusion, but he has yet to resume practicing fully.

Cagliari: Charalampos Lykogiannis is dealing with some Achilles soreness, while Ragnar Klavan has some thigh muscle fatigue. They are iffy for the weekend. Christian Oliva and Simone Pinna are under the weather. Among these, only Oliva has been able to recover enough to be called up.  Continue reading

Serie A Injury and Suspensions Report – Round Six

Atalanta: Luis Muriel is dealing with tonsillitis and his recovery for the weekend is uncertain.

Bologna: Danilo could be back from his thigh strain in this round, while Mitchell Dijks is very likely to miss another one due to a rib injury.

Brescia: Giangiacomo Magnani, Emanuele Ndoj (ankle) and Ernesto Torregrossa (quad) are expected to stay on the mend. Mario Balotelli has a minor neck problem. Continue reading

Danilo and De Sciglio injury updates and Barzagli returns

Juventus issued an update on the two injured fullbacks on Wednesday: Danilo, after subbing off early in the Brescia game, has been diagnosed with a mild biceps femoris strain in the right left thigh, while Mattia De Sciglio, who has been out for ten days now, has not recovered yet from his muscular ailment. They have both been ruled till the next international break, which means that they will skip the upcoming matches against SPAL, Bayern Leverkusen and Inter. Juan Cuadrado, while adapted to that position, is the only right back standing. Emre Can and Merih Demiral have limited experience in that role if necessary. Continue reading

Serie A Injury and Suspensions Report – Round Four

Atalanta: Luis Muriel tweaked his knee against Genoa but he was available versus Dinamo Zagreb, so he avoided significant problems.

Bologna: Blerin Dzemaili picked up a calf ailment but he made the squad list. Danilo remains out with a thigh strain.

Brescia: Daniele Dessena is suspended and Mario Balotelli will serve the final game of his disqualification. Bruno Martella (calf) and Giangiacomo Magnani, Ernesto Torregrossa (quad) and Emanuele Ndoj (ankle shelf) stay on the shelf. Continue reading

Serie A Injury and Suspension Report – Round Three

Atalanta: Timothy Castagne will at least be called up after missing a month due to a torn meniscus, while Rafael Toloi and José-Luis Palomino both picked up a minor thigh injuries. There is more optimism about the Argentinian defender. 

Bologna: Danilo suffered a thigh strain and will miss at least a pair of matches.

Brescia: Ernesto Torregrossa hurt his quad against Milan and will likely miss few matches. Bruno Martella, who subbed early too, escaped without major calf complications but will still miss this one. Giangiacomo Magnani has not recovered from his thigh problem, while Andrea Cista is good to go after hurting his hand. Mario Balotelli is still suspended. Emanuel Ndoj needs to more time to return from ankle surgery.

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Sarri previews the Tottenham friendly and De Ligt addresses criticism

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Maurizio Sarri and Mattia De Sciglio held a brief presser earlier today ahead of tomorrow’s friendly against Tottenham. The coach had the floor first: “We need to work in order to find our identity because we want to become a team with a strong characterization. Of course, we will try to make that help us winning.”

On Matthijs De Ligt: “He has yet to practice with his teammates, but he will play few minutes for sure. We are behind Tottenham as far as the preparation goes, but I would like to see a squad with the right mentality tomorrow.” Continue reading

Juventus Top Performers – Round 38

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Juventus ended the season with a loss against Sampdoria following yet another subpar perfomance where the lack of motivation played a big factor. The Bianconeri therefore finish the 2018/2019 campaign with 90 points, four losses, all on the road and two of them in the last month, an 11-point gap over the second-placed team Napoli, the best statistical defence (30 goals allowed) and the third most prolific attack (behind the Partenopei and Atalanta).

Mattia De Sciglio: nobody really impressed in the back-line, or in the whole squad to be really honest, but at least the ex-Milan fullback was not among those duped by Gregoire Defrel on the first Blucerchiato goal and added a pair of decent forays on offense that led to semi-dangerous situations. Martin Caceres had a similar showing on the other flank minus the okay contribution on the other end. Continue reading

De Sciglio comments on Champions League and Barzagli retiring

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Mattia De Sciglio briefly talked to Sky Sport yesterday and begun by weighing on the recent matches and the upcoming one with Roma: “Against Inter, we were too relaxed in the first half, but we played well in the second one. The clash with the Giallorossi is important and prestigious, so we will have to follow our plan from the get-go. We are focused on what we need to do because we are professionals. The transfer market rumours do not affect us whatsoever.”

On Champions League: “There was some regret while watching the semifinal and there will be always be some bitterness for not advancing. Continue reading