MILAN - Brief news ahead of this weekend's
Serie A matches.
Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo will miss Sunday's trip to
Napoli and two further games after being sent off for
kicking Massimo Paci in the face during Thursday's 4-1 defeat by
The three-match ban handed down by Serie A on Friday means
Claudio Marchisio is likely to shift into central midfield
alongside Alberto Aquilani with Simone Pepe coming in on the
Juve were already reeling from news that striker Fabio
Quagliarella is set to miss the rest of the season with knee
ligament damage with reports saying they are close to bringing
in Genoa forward Luca Toni as a replacement.
Striker Samuel Eto'o returns from his ban for headbutting
when Inter Milan visit Catania on Sunday and is likely to
replace Goran Pandev if new coach Leonardo keeps the 4-3-2-1
formation used in the 3-1 win over Napoli.
Julio Cesar and Wesley Sneijder will again miss out with
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back from suspension for AC Milan's
home game with Udinese while Antonio Cassano is pushing
for a start after setting up the winner on his debut in
Thursday's 1-0 win at Cagliari.
The Serie A leaders will be without suspended captain
Massimo Ambrosini while Gianluca Zambrotta, Andrea Pirlo and
Kevin Prince Boateng are set to again miss out through injury.
Sampdoria have still not fully completed the loan signing
of Manchester United forward Federico Macheda and although he
turned up for training on Friday, he may not be available to
play against AS Roma on Sunday.
Fiorentina's Adrian Mutu will not return for the home game
with Brescia after the Florence club put out another
strongly-worded statement repeating that he was dropped from the
squad for abandoning a training session and courting a move.
The troubled Romania striker has been linked with Cesena
while media reports have also said Fiorentina are close to a
deal for West Ham United midfielder Valon Behrami.
Slovakia midfielder Juraj Kucka is not available for
Genoa's visit to Cesena because the paperwork on his move
from Sparta Prague has been held up, the club said in a
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