A good chunk of Serie A players who were called up for the World Cup have already been eliminated, so it is time to review their performances in Russia. First off, Sami Khedira was part of the Germany team that flopped big time and he did not have good showings at all. He started in the two games they lost, against Mexico and South Korea, and was replaced in both for offensive purposes. In the other match, Rudy was picked over him.
The veteran did not look at ease in a two-man midfield and had troubles containing opponents, often looking too slow and lethargic. Continue reading →
The Serie A roster got completed last Sunday as Frosinone beat Palermo in the playoff final. The Rosanero lost their first appeal against the validation of the result as they believe there were some irregularities and promised to keep fighting. The Ciociari, whose promotion does not seem in danger, will play two games with closed doors because some objects were thrown onto the pitch and for time wasting by the ball boys.
There could be trouble in Parma, as the club has been deferred to the sports justice for attempted offence due to some text Emanuele Calaiò sent to some Spezia players ahead of the final and decisive game, inviting them not to play too hard. Continue reading →
Here are the latest updates on few players’ conditions heading into the next Serie A matchday.
Juventus: Mattia De Sciglio was taken out of the Real Madrid match due to an apparent plantar fascia lesion that will require further testing. Federico Bernardeschi and Andrea Barzagli are working their way back from a knee sprain and an abdominal strain and practiced partially this week, but they will likely not be available this week.
Napoli: Mario Ruiis suspended, no other absentees other than the usual one, Faouzi Ghoulam.
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.
The international break was not that beneficiary for injury recoveries: here are the latest updates.
Juventus: Alex Sandro and Sami Khedira got hurt with their national teams: the muscular injury of the Brazilian left back is believed to be more serious and he will miss the Milan game, while the midfielder has a bruised knee, but he is available. Juan Cuadrado will return on the bench after sports hernia surgery, while Federico Bernardeschi will be available next week and he will not require knee surgery. Mario Mandzukic did not make the squad list due to a last-minute contusion.
Here are the updates on few players’ conditions ahead of the upcoming Serie Around.
Juventus: Medhi Benatia is suspended. Stephan Lichtsteiner was subbed off midweek due to some back pain and Benedikt Howedes missed the last game due to muscle fatigue, but they are both available this week. Sami Khedira is not because of the flu. Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi continue to rehab their tough injuries: it is not a given that they will be able to return this season.
Napoli: Vlad Chiriches appeared ready last week after a hamstring (biceps femoris) pull, but it looks like he will need a little more time. Faouzi Ghoulam is recovering from a patella fracture.
The injury bug is running through few teams, also most of last week’s suspensions have carried over to this round. Here are the updates.
Napoli: Vlad Chirichescould return from a hamstring strain, while Faouzi Ghoulam is in the rehab phase of a fractured fibula. Arek Milik played few minutes against Roma.
Juventus: Alex Sandro and Stephan Lichtsteiner are suspended. Mario Mandzukic missed the last game due to some adductor pain, but he might recover in time for Sunday. Gonzalo Higuain played at Wembley, so he got past an ankle sprain. Mattia De Sciglio is expected back from a hamstring strain. Medhi Benatia rolled an ankle against Tottenham and is questionable. Juan Cuadrado should resumed practicing fully next week after undergoing sports hernia surgery, while in the coming days Federico Bernardeschi will take the tests on his knee to determine his rest-of-the-season outlook.
The next Serie Around features the Derby della Mole and a clash with valuable Europa League points at stake.
Udinese-Roma: Udinese have won only one in the last six games and their offensive punch seems to have worn off, as they have failed to score multiple goals in each fixture of this most recent stretch. Kevin Lasagna will be out for a while, so Maxi Lopezand Rodrigo De Paul will have to step up, even though they have not found the back of the net often this year: Antonin Barak and Jakub Jankto are much better bets, but the Giallorossi defenders and Alisson are worth a look here. Di Francesco’s side is coming off two straight wins against the lowly Verona and Benevento and will try to keep the good things going against better competition. The early returns of the new-look 4-2-3-1 are positive: Cengiz Under is red-hot, while also Radja Nainggolan and Edin Dzekocould reap the benefits from it, the Belgian star in particular as he prospered in this position last season. Continue reading →