Denis sidelined for three weeks
Atalanta striker German Denis is expected to be sidelined for around three weeks, having picked up an injury against Inter. The Argentine was forced off after just ten minutes of play. It is believed the 33-year-old has suffered a partial tear of a ligament in his right ankle, which will see him miss this weekend's game with newly promoted Frosinone. Fortunately for coach Edy Reja, the international break that follows the second round of Serie A fixtures could allow Denis to return for the third round.
Berardi to miss several weeks
Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi will miss multiple matches due to a right thigh injury. Berardi came off injured during Sassuolo's 2-1 win over Napoli in their Serie A opener on Sunday. Sassuolo confirmed the severity of his injury 24 hours later, with the 21-year-old striker suffering a "trauma to the quadriceps femurs in the right thigh." Berardi could now miss up to several weeks.
Mandzukic a doubt for clash with Udinese
Mario Mandzukic is a doubt ahead of the Serie A champions opening game of the season at home to Udinese on Sunday. According to Calcio News 24, Mandzukic would have been expected to start under normal circumstances, but his fitness levels aren't yet up to scratch, thus possibly handing the forward slot to Fernando Llorente instead.
Additionally, experienced defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli have recovered from their own injury worries sufficiently to make up part of a three-man back-line alongside Leonardo Bonucci. Meanwhile, the versatile Simone Padoin is thought to be earmarked for Andrea Pirlo's former deep-lying playmaker role, after Claudio Marchisio and Sami Khedira were both ruled out.
Biglia scores and gets injured
First-half goals from Lucas Biglia and Ricardo Kishna proved enough to secure a winning start to the new Serie A campaign for Lazio as they downed Bologna 2-1. Some of the gloss was taken off Lazio's victory, however, by a calf injury that forced skipper Biglia to be stretchered off just seven minutes into the second half. He will have tests done to see the extent of his injury.
Menez to miss Serie A opener
Milan have confirmed that forward Jeremy Menez will see a specialist for a recurring back problem. The 28-year-old Frenchman has struggled with the injury in recent months and had a hernia removed in June. Menez, who scored 16 goals for Milan last term, will miss Sunday's Serie A opener against Fiorentina.
Klose sidelined at least three matches
Lazio has confirmed that striker Miroslav Klose, 37, will be sidelined for at least three matches with a left thigh injury. Klose was substituted at halftime of Lazio's 1-0 win Tuesday over Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of their Champions League playoff with a suspected torn muscle. On Thursday team doctor Stefano Salvator said "the outcome of the tests on Klose was what we expected, the German has suffered a muscular lesion to the biceps femoris in his left thigh."
Klose suffers hamstring injury
Miroslav Klose will likely miss the second leg of Lazio's UEFA Champions League playoff tie against Bayer Levurkusen. The 37-year-old German striker came off at half-time on Wednesday after injuring his hamstring during Lazio's 1-0 first leg victory over Leverkusen. Defender Stefan de Vrij also left the game on a stretcher late on after a clash of heads, but coach Stefano Pioli said Klose's injury was the more severe.
Marchisio out for three weeks
Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio will miss the start of the new Serie A campaign after being ruled out for three weeks with a muscle injury in his right thigh. The Italy international got hurt in training this week and underwent tests on Tuesday which revealed a lesion that will see the 29-year-old sit out Sunday's league opener against Udinese as well as the game at Roma on August 30.
The good news for Juventus is that defender Giorgio Chiellini returned to training on Tuesday and is expected to feature this weekend.
Morata ruled out for a month
Juventus' injury problems have deepened with Alvaro Morata ruled out for a month with a calf tear he picked up in training. The Spain striker, 22, will miss Saturday's Supercoppa against Lazio in Shanghai and at least the first two games of the new season, including their trip to Roma on August 30. Morata's injury represents another major blow for Juventus, who saw summer signing Sami Khedira ruled out for two months with a hamstring problem.
Vidic undergoes surgery
Nemanja Vidic's frustrating time at Inter has continued, with the defender requiring surgery on a back problem. The 33-year-old could miss the rest of 2015 while recovering from the operation on a slipped disc, with the former Serbia international expected to miss three to six months. Vidic, who endured a disappointing first season at San Siro, has not featured for Roberto Mancini's side in pre-season.
Sami Khedira out for two months
Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira is set to spend two months on the sidelines after sustaining a thigh injury. The 28-year-old German international, who joined the club from Real Madrid this summer, sustained the injury while chasing the ball during the 2-0 friendly defeat to Marseille at the weekend. Khedira managed only 628 minutes for Real last season due in part to a succession of minor knocks and sprains.
Juventus lost Sami Khedira to injury as the Italian champions went down 2-0 to Marseille in a friendly on Saturday night. German international midfielder joined Juve from Real Madrid in the close season after seeing the latter part of his time at the Santiago Bernabeu marred by injury problems. And the 28-year-old was forced off just past the midway point in the first half of the game in France, grimacing in pain as he departed holding his right hamstring.
Italian media reports indicated that Khedira will be out for a month, which would rule him out of next week's Italian Supercup against Lazio and the start of the new Serie A season on 23 August.