Defensive problems for Milan
Coach Vincenzo Montella has a selection problem ahead of Monday's match at Torino due to injuries suffered by his full-backs. Mattia De Sciglio will miss the game due to a heel injury and Luca Antonelli due to fitness problems. Davide Calabria is expected to deputise at left-back, but he has made just once substitute appearance after three months out of action.
Vermaelen injured in training
Roma defender Thomas Vermaelen will be monitored on a day-to-day basis after tests revealed he has swelling in his left calf. The centre-back, who is on loan from Barcelona, picked up the injury in Monday's training session. Vermaelen has made just three Serie A starts for Roma in his time at the Stadio Olimpico.
Sandro suffers thigh strain
Alex Sandro suffered a thigh strain in the Italian Supercoppa defeat to AC Milan, Juventus confirmed on Saturday. Sandro left Friday's game in Doha, Qatar, in the 33rd minute before Milan went on to win on penalties. "Initial medical tests have shown that Alex Sandro strained the flexor muscles in his right thigh," a Juventus statement said. "The Brazilian full-back's condition will continue to be closely monitored over the coming days." Reports from Italy said Sandro faces about three weeks out, though the team's next game is not until Jan. 8.
Lulic receives 20 day suspension
Lazio veteran Senad Lulic worked out a deal with the FIGC and received a reduced sentence. His suspension begins today and will last through the Christmas break. The sentence comes in relation to his comments after the Derby della Capitale in which he insulted Antonio Rudiger. In addition to the 20 day suspension, Lulic was also fined €10,000. Lulic will in the end only miss one Serie A game, against Crotone in the new year.
De Rossi cleared of calf tear
Daniele De Rossi has avoided a calf tear after tests cleared the Roma veteran of serious injury. De Rossi was hurt in Roma's 1-0 loss to Juventus last week, amid fears of an extended injury lay-off. However, Roma released a statement on Tuesday clearing the 33-year-old of a muscle tear. De Rossi's fitness will be further assessed on Wednesday.
Manolas sidelined for two weeks
Centre-back Kostas Manolas has been ruled out for two weeks due to a hamstring sustained in the 1-0 defeat at Juventus on Saturday. Radja Nainggolan is also a doubt for Thursday's meeting with Chievo after complaining of tightness in his right calf. Meanwhile, midfielder Alessandro Florenzi's recovery from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee has taken a step forward with his return to Roma training on Monday.
Pjanic could miss Super Cup final
Miralem Pjanic remains a question mark for the Italian Super Cup final against Milan after picking up an injury on Saturday. The Bosnian midfielder, who moved to Juve from Rome last summer, was substituted after injuring his hip in the 51st minute of the match against Roma. Reports suggest that defender Stephan Lichtsteiner is also an injury doubt for Friday's Super Cup final. Meanwhile, Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci has extended his contract at Juventus, keeping him at the Serie A club until 2021.
Milik motivated to return for Real tie
Arkadiusz Milik hopes he can make his return from a knee injury in time to feature when Napoli face Real Madrid in February. The forward ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while representing Poland in a 3-2 win over Denmark in October and had to undergo surgery. However, Dries Mertens has impressed in a central attacking role in Milik's absence, with a goal in the 2-1 victory over Benfica before scoring a hat-trick in the 5-0 win over Cagliari last weekend.
Peres facing weeks on the sidelines
Roma rightback Bruno Peres suffered an injury that saw him stretchered off against AC Milan. Fortunately for Roma, it appears that Peres' injury is not too serious and should be back shortly after the new year.
In a statement released by the Giallorossi, the club confirmed he had not suffered any fractured bones or ligament damage: "On Monday evening Bruno Peres underwent preliminary tests which excluded any fractures but revealed a sprain. As a result Peres will undergo further checks in the next 24-48 hours to determine the exact prognosis and the most suitable treatment options."
Milik to miss three months after knee operation
Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik will be out of action for around three months after undergoing knee surgery, the club's head physio has said. Milik suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while on international duty with Poland and had an operation on Monday. La Gazetta dello Sport reported Alfonso De Nicola as saying he "wanted to be optimistic" about the striker's recovery time and thought it would be "three, three-and-a-half months, hopefully less."
Roma appeal Strootman's suspension
Roma have lodged an immediate appeal against a two-game ban handed to midfielder Kevin Strootman based on television evidence. The Serie A disciplinary commission announced that Strootman, 26, had been banned for "obvious simulation" as he fell to the ground after being confronted by Lazio's Danilo Cataldi on Sunday. Cataldi has been banned for one game for the red card he was then shown by a referee and has confirmed that he did impede Strootman. The suspension rules Strootman out of Roma's key upcoming Serie A fixtures with Milan and Juventus, but his club are refusing to accept the ban.
Salah out for three weeks
Roma forward Mohamed Salah has been ruled out for at least three weeks after suffering an injury to ligaments in his right ankle. Egypt midfielder suffered the setback in a training ground clash with teammate Thomas Vermaelen on Thursday. A statement issued by Roma on Friday said: "On Friday morning, Mohamed Salah underwent further tests which confirmed the original diagnosis. Salah will continue working on his recovery plan and should be out for three weeks."