Round-up of news before this weekend's
Serie A fixtures:
AC Milan will be without defender Thiago Silva for
Sunday's derby against Inter Milan, a crucial game which
could yet prove to be the scudetto decider.
The Brazilian trained separately from the rest of the first
team squad on Friday and has been struggling with a muscle
Milan, one point behind leaders Juventus, may also have to
make do without full-back Luca Antonini and midfielders Clarence
Seedorf and Urby Emanuelson.
Inter's Dejan Stankovic will miss the Milan derby after
an ongoing Achilles problem finally put paid to his season.
Coach Andrea Stramaccioni knows that all-important third
spot for the Champions League play-offs is now looking
increasingly unlikely, but victory against the Rossoneri will be
a serious boost for his long-term job prospects, even if it
would hand the title to eternal rivals Juventus.
Leaders Juventus travel to Trieste, where they play
Cagliari on Sunday, without Paolo De Ceglie. The defender
will miss the season's two remaining league games, and possibly
the Coppa Italia final against Napoli, after suffering a thigh
Meanwhile Gianluigi Buffon, whose mistake in the draw
against Lecce on Wednesday saw Juve dropping points in their
title chase, has been given unanimous backing by fans and team-mates.
New interim coach Vincenzo Guerini has said he will only
take charge of Fiorentina for the remaining two games of the
season and does not want to take on the role full-time.
"I said yes for the love of Fiorentina," Guerini told a news
conference on Friday.
Earlier, former coach Delio Rossi, sacked after punching
player Adem Ljajic during Wednesday's game with Novara, was
embraced by fans gathered outside the club's Stadio Franchi
after apologising for the incident.
For his part, Ljajic has said sorry to Rossi via his
Facebook page, adding that he "wishes Signor Rossi the best for
the future". Earn a point at Lecce on Saturday and
Fiorentina will be safe.
Bologna captain Marco Di Vaio has confirmed that he will
be leaving the club for MLS side Montreal Impact at the end of
Speaking at a specially-arranged news conference on Friday,
the former Italy international did not rule out a future return
to the club, possibly in a coaching or director's role.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says the club "are
masters of our own destiny" as they look to secure third place
and another crack at the Champions League.
Thousands of travelling fans will accompany the team for
Sunday's game at Bologna, where striker Ezequiel Lavezzi
is expected to again start on the bench.
The Argentine, linked in the media with a move to Inter,
celebrated his 27th birthday during the week.
"I sent him an SMS," De Laurentiis told Italian radio. "He's
a true Neapolitan, even if he doesn't actually realise it."
AS Roma coach Luis Enrique does not know if he will be
leaving the capital at the end of the season, despite growing
pressure for him to resign.
"I'm only interested in qualifying for Europe," he told
reporters on Friday. Club officials have made a point of
standing by the Spaniard, despite supporters turning against the
former Barcelona player in recent weeks.
Vincenzo Montella, Luis
Enrique's predecessor, brings his Catania team to the Stadio
Olimpico on Saturday.
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