Bertolacci suffers further injury setback
AC Milan midfielder Andrea Bertolacci has been ruled out of clash with Sampdoria on Saturday with the club confirming he suffered a relapse of a hamstring problem. He returned to training earlier this week having been sidelined for a month, but appears to have re-injured himself during Wednesday's training session and could now face an even longer spell on the sidelines. This latest injury comes as a blow to Sinisa Mihajlovic, who is facing a mounting injury crisis with the likes of Nigel De Jong, Diego Lopez, Mario Balotelli and Jeremy Menez still on the sidelines.
Berardi handed three-match ban
Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi has been given a three-match suspension for his violent kick on Genoa defender Cristian Ansaldi on Sunday. Despite only making his Serie A debut three years ago, the hot-headed Calabrian has received 27 yellow cards in 71 Serie A appearances, which is more than anyone else during this specific time period.
Hernanes out for three weeks
Juventus midfielder Hernanes will be out of action for three weeks because of a thigh injury. The Brazil international was forced off at half-time in Saturday's 1-0 Serie A win over Milan. Hernanes miss league games with Palermo, Lazio and Fiorentina and the Champions League games with Manchester City and Sevilla. He could return in the last game before the mid-season break, which is away to Carpi.
Milan without Bertolacci
Andrea Bertolacci has been ruled out of Saturday's clash between AC Milan and Juventus due to injury. Bertolacci missed Milan's goalless draw with Atalanta before the international break because of a muscle problem but the Italian midfielder was hopeful of being fit for the trip to Turin. However, Bertolacci was unable to recover in time.
"Apart from Bertolacci and De Jong, we have a full squad available with the exception of the long term absentees Balotelli and Menez. We will see about Bacca," Mihajlovic told reporters.
Gervinho out for three weeks
Roma forward Gervinho will be sidelined for up to three weeks due to a thigh strain. The Ivory Coast international was forced off after 72 minutes of his country's World Cup qualifying win over Liberia on Tuesday and underwent further tests in the Italian capital. The club have since announced that the injury is likely to keep him out of action for three weeks, meaning he will miss the crucial Champions League clash with Barcelona on November 24 and is a doubt for the final group-stage game with BATE on December 9.
Santon suffers Achilles injury
Serie A leaders Inter could be without full-back Davide Santon this weekend against Frosinone. The full-back has been diagnosed with a small haematoma in his right Achilles. Santon has been a regular for coach Roberto Mancini's side this season as they have climbed to the top of Serie A, where they sit level with Fiorentina on 27 points from 12 games.
De Jong injury blow for AC Milan
AC Milan midfielder Nigel De Jong faces a spell in the treatment room after the club confirmed that he has sustained a thigh injury. "AC Milan announce that during yesterday's training session, Nigel De Jong reported an injury to his left thigh," a statement on the club's official website read. "The player will be re-evaluated at the beginning of next week." While the Dutch international is expected to undergo further tests, it is highly likely that he will be unavailable for Saturday's encounter with Juventus.
Blaszczykowski out for a month
Fiorentina winger Jakub Blaszczykowski will be out of action for up to a month after picking up an injury during international duties. The 29-year-old was forced off the pitch just 12 minutes into Poland's 4-2 victory over Iceland, with initial fears that the winger may have torn a crucial ligament. However, his injury is less severe than originally thought.
Balotelli to undergo surgery
Striker Mario Balotelli is expected to be out of action up until 2016 after reports emerged that the Italian is set to go for surgery. The controversial forward has been on the injured list since mid September, making just four appearances for his loan club AC Milan. Balotelli went to see a specialist in Denmark, who confirmed that his niggling groin problem was in fact a hernia and has recommended that the striker go under the knife. According to the Liverpool Echo, the medical staff at Liverpool have been in close contact with the Milan medics, with both sides believed to be in agreement about the surgery.
Padoin to miss three weeks
Simone Padoin has been ruled out of action for three weeks after suffering a thigh strain. The 31-year-old was hurt during Juventus' 3-1 win over Empoli on Sunday after coming off the substitutes' bench in the closing stages. Padoin has made six Serie A appearances this season. Hed is now set to be unavailable for crucial upcoming games against Milan, Manchester City and Palermo after the international break.
Mertens sidelined for a month
Napoli winger Dries Mertens is expected to be sidelined for a period of four to five weeks after suffering a muscle strain while on international duty with Belgium. "Dries will stay with the squad but he won't play," announced Belgium coach Marc Wilmots to reporters. "He told us that something was bothering him as soon as he arrived from Napoli." Mertens will have to wait and see what diagnosis he is proscribed by the Red Devils' medical staff, but early estimates state that he will likely miss a month.
Balotelli sees specialist about groin injury
Mario Balotelli faces an extended lay-off following scans on a groin problem. Balotelli has made just four appearances, scoring one goal, since returning to Milan this summer on a season-long loan from Liverpool. He has not featured since September 27. A Milan statement read: "AC Milan announces that today Mario Balotelli underwent further consultations in Copenhagen with professor Per Holmich. The medical staff of AC Milan and Liverpool will soon agree a new therapeutic course."