Higuain ruled out
An injury in training has forced Napoli to rule out Gonzalo Higuain for their encounter with Udinese at the Stadio Friuli on Saturday. Higuain made headlines one week ago when he scored his first Serie A hat trick against Lazio. However, the Argentine has been left out of the side travelling to Udine after a collision with teammate Valon Behrami.
Lazio injury crisis
Lazio visit Napoli in a completely reshuffled state as Keita Balde Diao has joined Miroslav Klose on the treatment table after picking up a knee problem in training. Giuseppe Biava also misses out in defence, while Federico Marchetti, Andre Dias, Alvaro Gonzalez and Ederson are injured. Lucas Biglia is suspended in midfield, leaving Coach Edy Reja with precious few options.
Honda out with ankle injury
Keisuke Honda is expected to miss the games against Catania and Livorno with an ankle injury. Honda joined Milan on a free transfer in January after his contract with CSKA Moscow had expired and after a few weeks he's finally starting to show his true qualities but his progress is now cut short with an injury as he's twisted his ankle. Keisuke, who scored a goal against Genoa, sustained the injury in training session at Milanello.
Vidal says he's experiencing knee pain
Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal says he is currently struggling to play well because of pain he is feeling in his knee. The Chilean was substituted with 15 minutes remaining of match with Lyon but claims he did not go off due to tiredness. "My knee really is hurting me," Vidal said. "I can't really strike the ball. I've had 10 days to rest but the pain hasn't gone. It all started with the match against Fiorentina, I twisted it badly. We will see whether I can play on Monday, we're working towards it."
Season over for Farnerud
Midfielder Alexander Farnerud has been ruled out for the season after suffering a knee injury. The Swedish international ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in training and will be out of action for four to six months. Farnerud has scored four goals for Torino this season.
Destro hit with four-game ban
Mattia Destro was banned for three matches for punching Cagliari defender Davide Astori. The incident occurred during Roma's 3-1 win Sunday, in which the 23-year-old forward scored a hat trick. Serie A's disciplinary panel said it had based the decision on television evidence after the referee missed the incident. Destro will also miss a fourth game after being booked later in the match and picking up an automatic one-match suspension for accumulated yellow cards. Roma's problems mounted as defender Mehdi Benatia was ruled out for a month with a left leg muscle tear.
Lazio suffer double injury blow
Lazio striker Miroslav Klose has been ruled out for a month with a left thigh muscle tear. The 35-year-old missed his team's weekend win over Sampdoria due to the latest in a long string of muscle problems this season. Nevertheless, he has scored seven goals in 22 Serie A matches. Lazio and Uruguay midfielder Alvaro Gonzalez will also miss a month with a right leg injury.
Essien out with thigh injury
Midfielder Michael Essien will be sidelined for around two weeks with a thigh injury. The 31-year-old has made six appearances since joining Milan from Chelsea in January. Essien is expected to be part of Ghana's World Cup squad for this year's tournament in Brazil.
Totti set to make Roma return
After nearly a month on the sidelines following an extremely strained gluteal muscle, Francesco Totti appears ready to return to action against Udinese on Monday. His return to fitness is timely as the capital club look to defend second place in Serie A. A 1-0 defeat at Napoli last weekend cut Roma's lead over them to three points as they fight to secure the second automatic UEFA Champions League place.
Maggio out for a month
Defender Christian Maggio will be out of action for a month following a training ground injury suffered last week that resulted in a collapsed lung. The 32-year-old was hospitalized with the injury after getting hit in the chest while training with Napoli. Maggio has made 20 Serie A appearances this season.
Parma without Gargano, Paletta and Pozzi
Parma wil be without Walter Gargano and Gabriel Paletta for match against Milan, while Nicola Pozzi needs knee surgery. Defender Paletta is suspended, while Gargano is ruled out with a muscular problem in his left calf. There is a far more serious issue for former Sampdoria striker Pozzi, who damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Maggio has collapsed lung
Napoli fullback Christian Maggio has been hospitalized with a collapsed lung after getting hit in the chest earlier this week in training. Maggio was taken to a medical facility near its training center after the squad returned from Portugal early Friday morning following a 1-0 loss to Porto in the Europa League, in which Maggio did not play. The club says Maggio will remain in the hospital for 24 hours to have the affected lung drained, although it was unclear how long he'll be out.