MILAN - Brief news ahead of Serie A
matches this weekend.
Inter Milan striker Diego Milito is poised to return for
Saturday's title battle at AS Roma after missing
Wednesday's 3-0 win over Livorno with a hamstring problem.
The leaders, four points above Roma and AC Milan with eight
games left, also hope playmaker Wesley Sneijder recovers from a
minor muscle strain while Dejan Stankovic is back from
Left-back Davide Santon has knee trouble so former Roma
defender Cristian Chivu is again set to start with special
headgear after fracturing his skull in January.
Roma hope captain Francesco Totti returns from a
long-standing knee problem but Claudio Ranieri's side have been
doing fine without him as they aim to cut the gap at the top to
The Giallorossi, in disarray at the start of the season
before a remarkable recovery, otherwise have a fully fit squad
to choose from.
Milan, beaten 1-0 at Parma on Wednesday, must ring the
changes at home to in-form Lazio on Sunday with
Ronaldinho and Andrea Pirlo suspended while Alexandre Pato is
Coach Leonardo, whose side have been linked in the media
with Chievo's 34-year-old defender Mario Yepes for next season,
could bring strikers Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Filippo Inzaghi
back into the starting lineup.
Lazio, who have won two on the bounce to go four points
above the drop zone, have a slew of injuries.
Crisis club Juventus host improving Atalanta on Sunday with Christian Poulsen missing out with a leg injury
sustained in Thursday's 3-1 defeat at Napoli, Juve's 11th league
loss this term.
The Denmark midfielder, who is being checked over by medical
staff with the World Cup in his mind, had the same injury in
January and was out for several weeks. Winger Mauro Camoranesi
Fourth-placed Palermo have striker Edinson Cavani, central
defender Simon Kjaer and full-back Federico Balzaretti suspended
for Saturday's home game with Bologna.
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