Caceres out for the season
Juventus have confirmed that defender Martin Caceres will miss the remainder of the season through injury. Caceres left the field shortly after the hour mark during Juve's 1-0 win over Genoa on Wednesday and subsequently underwent a series of tests. Further investigation revealed a tear to the right Achilles, with Caceres now scheduled to go under the knife on Friday.
Three-week absence for Bovo
Torino will be without defender Cesare Bovo for three weeks after he underwent successful surgery to remove a meniscus from his knee. The 33-year-old, who has been a key play for the club this season, scoring twice in 15 appearances, required the operation after developing a problem with his left knee.
Khedira out for 2 to 3 weeks
Juventus announced on Tuesday that Sami Khedira will miss the next two to three weeks with a hamstring strain. After reporting continued discomfort in his right thigh after the game against Chievo, the midfielder underwent a series of medical tests. These revealed a torn adductor longus muscle. The news will certainly not please coach Massimiliano Allegri, who already has to do without Mario Mandzukic and Kwadwo Asamoah as the duo were recently ruled out as well.
Juventus lose Mandzukic and Asamoah
Forward Mario Mandzukic will be sidelined for a month, while midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah will miss two to three weeks. Both players suffered muscle tears during the 3-0 Coppa Italia win over Inter on Wednesday. They are both set to miss a key match against Serie A leaders Napoli on February 13, and Mandzukic will be forced to sit out the first leg of the Champions League round-of-16 clash with his former club Bayern Munich on February 23.
Perisic to miss Juventus clash
Inter midfielder Ivan Perisic will miss Wednesday's first leg of the Italian Cup semi-final against Juventus. The Croatian international sustained a slight sprain to his left ankle in training, another setback for the Nerazzurri as they have won just once since the turn of the year. Perisic has made 21 appearances in all competitions and scoring three goals since his summer arrival from Wolfsburg.
Balotelli not fit enough
Sinisa Mihajlovic says Mario Balotelli will not be ready to face Inter on Sunday despite his goalscoring return to the AC Milan starting line-up against Alessandria. The Liverpool loanee made his first start since September in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg and scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot late in the first half.
"Mario was never in the condition to play in a derby. He has to improve his fitness levels, as he's been out for a long time. We will use the best available team," saiid Mihajlovic.
Biglia could miss a month
Lazio's defeat to Juventus in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals wasn't the only bad news for the club on Wednesday, as captain Lucas Biglia picked up an injury that could sideline him for a month. Having used all three substitutions, the Biancocelesti played out the final minutes with 10 men, when an evidently emotional Biglia was forced from the pitch on a stretcher and sent straight to hospital. The latest reports indicate the right ankle injury he suffered is as serious as initially feared, and could rule him out for the next month, putting him at risk of missing some crucial fixtures as the team aim to climb up the Serie A standings.
Mandzukic fit to play
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that striker Mario Mandzukic will make his return against Udinese, after missing the past two games due to injury. The 29-year-old was unavailable for victories over Hellas Verona and Sampdoria with a calf injury, but is set to make his comeback at the expense of the out-of-form Alvaro Morata, who is expected to drop to the bench.
Allegri positive on Mandzukic fitness
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri expects Mario Mandzukic to be fit to face Sampdoria on Sunday, while Andrea Barzagli will miss the trip to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris due to a muscle injury. The Croatia international missed the 3-0 win over Verona due to a calf problem, but is back in contention for the weekend's meeting.
"Mandzukic has a good chance of making the squad," Allegri said at a news conference. "But I still need to decide who to play up front. Alvaro Morata did well last week and will be back scoring soon. Andrea Barzagli won't be back in time, while Mario Lemina is in Barcelona for another medical examination. In 10 days he might be able to return to training."
Dzeko handed two-game ban
Edin Dzeko has been given a two-game ban as a result of "repeatedly addressing the referee with abusive language" in Roma 's 2-0 win over Genoa on Sunday. The Bosnia-Herzegovina forward will miss the trip to Chievo on January 6, followed by the home clash with AC Milan four days later. The former Manchester City striker's absence is a huge blow given under-fire Giallorossi coach Rudi Garcia is already fighting to keep his place on the bench.
Melo hit with three-game ban
Inter midfielder Felipe Melo has been banned for three matches following his high kick on Lazio captain Lucas Biglia. The Brazilian, who three minutes earlier had clumsily given away the deciding penalty, planted a boot on his opponent's shoulder towards the end of Inter's 2-1 defeat at San Siro and was issued a straight red card for the offence. Serie A have now deemed that the incident classifies as "deliberate violent conduct" and have issued a three-game suspension, meaning Melo will sit out the clashes with Empoli, Sassuolo and Atalanta in January.
Torosidis suffers thigh strain
Roma defender Vasilis Torosidis will miss Champions League clash against BATE Borisov, while teammate Gervinho is a huge doubt to be fit in time. Both players came off injured in the 1-1 draw at Torino on Saturday, and Roma released statements on their official website stating the extent of each player's injuries:
"Vasilis Torosidis underwent tests on Sunday morning which confirmed he has sustained a strain to his right hamstring after coming on for the final five minutes of Roma's draw at Torino. The Greek defender is expected to be sidelined for around three weeks."
"Yao Kouassi Gervinho underwent tests which confirmed the player is not suffering from a muscle injury. Gervinho will be monitored on a daily basis."