Dybala to miss more than a month
Juventus star Paulo Dybala has been diagnosed with a mild to medium thigh muscle strain, the club have confirmed. The forward was forced off in the second half of his side's 1-0 win at Cagliari on Saturday in clear distress, with head coach Massimiliano Allegri later admitting they were unsure about the severity of the problem. Tests carried out early on Sunday have shown Dybala has damaged a flexor muscle in his right thigh, with Juve unwilling to estimate his recovery time until at least next week, although his time on the sidelines is being judged as around 30-40 days.
Dybala set for tests on hamstring injury
Paulo Dybala left Juventus' win against Cagliari in tears on Saturday after suffering a suspected hamstring strain.The Argentine pulled up less than five minutes into the second half and could not continue. "We don't know how bad it is now, but he will have tests," Massimiliano Allegri said. "Fortunately we go into a two-week break now and he'll evidently need to rest more than the others during that time, so hopefully will be fresh for the final weeks of the season."
Belotti avoids knee ligament damage
Torino have been handed a boost after scans ruled out a serious knee injury to Andrea Belotti. It was feared that Belotti had sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee after going down in training on Wednesday. However, Torino provided a further update on Thursday to rule out significant damage to their star striker: "Andrea Belotti suffered a distortive trauma to his right knee. The investigations performed exclude a ligament or meniscal lesion. The prognosis will depend on the clinical evolution."
Donnarumma out of Milan derby
Gianluigi Donnarumma has been ruled out of Milan's Coppa Italia quarter-final against city rivals Inter due to injury. The 18-year-old goalkeeper starlet has reportedly suffered a groin strain and will play no part in Wednesday's clash at the San Siro. Donnarumma will have to wait for his 100th appearance for the Rossoneri as he continues to sit on 99 with his next chance coming in the trip to Fiorentina on Saturday before a home game with Crotone on January 6.
Double injury blow for Inter
Defenders Danilo D'Ambrosio and Joao Miranda are set to miss the Lazio game because of injury. Both players were taken off as Inter lost 1-0 at Sassuolo. Tests revealed that D'Ambrosio has suffered a first-grade lesion to the medial collateral ligament in his left leg, while Miranda has a first-grade lesion in the soleus muscle of his right leg.
D'Ambrosio injures left knee
Inter full-back Danilo D'Ambrosio had to be brought off midway throught the second half of Serie A fixture against Sassuolo due to injury. Inter have confirmed that the player has suffered trauma to his left knee and that he will undergo further medical examinations over the next few days to determine how serious the injury is and the amount of time will be needed for him to recover.
Mario Mandzukic scored against Bologna but at the same time he picked up a knock as well. The Croatian striker received a big cut on his calf which eventually required many stitches. He had to come off in the second half and he is now in doubt for Juve's next games. The Bianconeri medical staff will evaluate his conditions in the coming days as he will surely miss Juve's Coppa Italia game against Genoa on Wednesday.
Immobile banned one game
Lazio forward Ciro Immobile has been banned for one-match after being sent off in Monday's defeat to Torino. He was shown a straight red card before the break for jerking his head at Nicolas Burdisso, landing his shoulder in the defender's face. Immobile, who has scored 15 goals this season, will miss Sunday's Serie A match at Atalanta.
Barzagli and Buffon doubtful
Juventus central defender Andrea Barzagli was forced off in the Bianconeri's 2-0 Champions League win over Olympiacos on Tuesday and is a doubt for Saturday night's Derby D'Italia. Goalkeeper Gianlugi Buffon did not even feature against the Greek side as he continues to recover from a calf injury. Stephan Lichtsteiner has also missed the past two games with a muscle injury and is doubtful.
Mehdi Benatia returned to training and is no longer a doubt while Mario Mandzukic is now fully recovered from his injury and highly likely to feature against Inter. Giorgio Chiellini is also likely to return after the flu kept him out of the Olympiacos game.
Howedes out until 2018
Juventus are likely to be without defender Benedikt Howedes until the new year, the club has confirmed. The Germany international has torn a muscle in his right thigh. On loan from Schalke, the 29-year-old has appeared only once in Serie A as he battles persistent injuries.
The Bianconeri now turn their attention to sealing a place in the Champions League knockout stages, which they can do with a win away to Olympiakos on Tuesday. Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic is a doubt for the trip to Athens after picking up a calf problem in training.
Perotti and Nainggolan ruled out
Roma will be without Diego Perotti and Radja Nainggolan for Friday's clash against SPAL. In his pre-match interview Eusebio Di Francesco discussed the muscle fatigue that Nainggolan is currently experiencing, referencing his groin injury. He is expected to rejoin the squad in training this upcoming Saturday or Sunday. Perotti also did not fully train this week, battling some fatigue as well. Di Francesco was less clear about Perotti's availability, yet ultimately decided to leave the Argentinean off the match-day squad.
De Rossi handed two-game ban
Roma captain Daniele De Rossi has been given a two-match ban for slapping Gianluca Lapadula in the Serie A draw with Genoa at the weekend. The league disciplinary body handed him the suspension on Tuesday, two days after the "serious unsporting behavior." Roma was 1-0 up and seemingly in control of the match when, in the 69th minute, De Rossi was sent off for slapping Lapadula in the face. The resulting penalty was converted by Lapadula.