Previews: Beckham poised to extend Milan loan

MILAN - Brief news from Serie A ahead of this weekend's matches.

AC Milan's David Beckham is hoping his loan deal is extended before Sunday's home game with Atalanta.

His two-month loan from Los Angeles Galaxy runs out on Monday but he wants to stay and talks continue over extending the deal until the end of the season. Beckham would then go back to Galaxy before returning to Milan towards the end of the year.

"There is no news but I am little more optimistic," Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani told reporters. "We should get there, it is still not official, but we are on the right track. There's no timescale, the decisive day could be today, tomorrow or Monday."

Kaka again misses out for third-placed Milan with a foot injury while Ronaldinho is doubtful with a knock and defender Giuseppe Favalli is suspended.

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho will revert to his favoured starting lineup for Saturday's tricky trip to Genoa.

Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will lead the line for the Serie A leaders having been rested for Wednesday's 3-0 Italian Cup semi-final first leg defeat at Sampdoria.

Forward Mario Balotelli has recovered after colliding with the post on Wednesday.

Second-placed Juventus are without suspended centre back Nicola Legrottaglie for Saturday's derby with Torino so Olof Mellberg is poised to deputise.

Francesco Totti looks certain to skip AS Roma's home game with Udinese on Saturday as he bids to shake off a knee problem ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Arsenal.

Roma's striker problems continue with Mirko Vucinic suffering a bad back while Julio Baptista and Jeremy Menez have flu.

Fiorentina in fourth host Palermo on Sunday without suspended fullback Juan Manuel Vargas.