Roma without key defenders
Roma will be without defenders Davide Astori and Douglas Maicon on Saturday as the Giallorossi travel to the San Paolo to take on Napoli and fellow defender Kostas Manolas is at risk as well unless the Greek can pass a late fitness test. Astori injured his left leg in Wednesday's match against Cesena and Maicon continues to be bothered by a recurring knee ailment.
Cesena without Rodriguez
Cesena have lost striker Alejandro Rodriguez for at least a month after a knee ligament injury. Tests confirmed Rodriguez has suffered a degree I lesion to the collateral medial ligament in his right knee. He will begin treatment and specialised training tomorrow, but is expected to be out of action for at least a month. The 23-year-old Spaniard has scored two Serie A goals in five games this season.
Juventus confirm Evra injury
France defender Patrice Evra will be sidelined for a month with a left thigh injury. The 33-year-old Frenchman also sat out Juventus' win over Palermo on Sunday. Evra, who arrived to Juventus in July following nine seasons with Manchester United, has appeared in four of eight Serie A matches this season.
Evra ruled out
Juventus defender Patrice Evra has been ruled out of the match against Palermo on Sunday due to a muscular injury. Evra limped off during training suffering from a muscular problem at the back of his left thigh. The French veteran will undergo further tests on Monday to ascertain the extent of the damage. The Bianconeri are already without Romulo, Andrea Barzagli, Martin Caceres, Simone Pepe and the suspended Simone Padoin.
M'Vila out for a month
Inter will be without the services of Yann M'Vila for the next month due to a knee injury. The 24-year-old was hauled off with a suspected serious injury during the Nerazzurri's 0-0 with Saint-Etienne in the Europa League on Thursday. Following tests this morning, which included a clinical evaluation and an MRI scan, the French midfielder's was diagnosed with ligament damage to his left knee.
M'Vila becomes the fourth major Inter casualty, as he joins Jonathan, Danilo D'Ambrosio and Pablo Osvaldo on the treatment table. Yuto Nagatomo and Gary Medel are on the verge of recovering from respective injuries in time to make the weekend trip to Cesena.
M'Vila knee injury fears
There are fears Inter midfielder Yann M'Vila suffered ligament damage in the Europa League game with Saint-Etienne. He hobbled off during the second half at San Siro after requesting a substitution. According to initial reports, the medical staff fear a sprained knee with possible collateral ligament damage. More tests will be needed to ascertain the extent of the injury.
Medel to miss clash with Saint-Etienne
Midfielder Gary Medel will miss Inter's upcoming UEFA Europa League clash with Saint-Etienne due to injury. The 27-year-old picked up a knock to his left calf in training and it's not yet known how long he'll be out for. Medel has made eight appearances in all competitions for Inter this season following his summer move from Cardiff City.
Jorquera sidelined for several weeks
Parma will be without Cristobal Jorquera for several weeks after he suffered a thigh strain. The winger has been diagnosed with a grade II lesion in his right thigh muscle. It is likely to take around a month to recover from an injury of this nature. This is a further blow for the Ducali, who are bottom of the Serie A table.
Gargano fractures cheekbone
Napoli have suffered an injury blow with the news that midfielder Walter Gargano requires surgery on a fractured cheekbone. The 30-year-old opted to turn down a call-up to the Uruguay squad during this international break to continue training with the Vesuviani. However, in the run-up to visiting his former side Inter on Sunday, Napoli report that the player has suffered an injury in training.
Kovacic could play against Napoli
Mateo Kovacic is currently in a race against time if he is to make the squad for Inter-Napoli. The 20 year old midfielder suffered a strained adductor in the left thigh against Azarbaijan this while on International duty with Croatia this past week. Kovacic said: "As we saw on Friday, the pitch was very slippery and I made an awkward motion which caused pain in my left leg. The injury was not severe, but I just didn't want to risk anything."
Inter midfielder Mateo Kovacic limped off during Croatia's game against Azerbaijan with a groin injury, and is now a doubt for the Nerazzurri's clash with Napoli on Sunday. "Mateo had a pain in his abductor muscle and could no longer play," Croatia coach Niko Kovac commented after yesterday's game. "I honestly don't know how severe it is. I had hoped he would come in handy for the Under-21s tomorrow in the play-off, but we'll have to wait and see what Inter say."
Keita has muscular lesion
Roma midfielder Seydou Keita limped off 30 minutes into Mali's match against Ethiopia and confessed to feeling a twinge in his calf before the game. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Keita underwent tests that highlighted a lesion in the muscle. This means it is extremely unlikely he will be fit for next week's Serie A game against Chievo or more importantly the Champions League with Bayern Munich. It's a heavy blow for the Giallorossi, who already have Daniele De Rossi, Kevin Strootman, Davide Astori and Leandro Castan on the treatment table.