MILAN - Brief news from Serie A ahead of weekend matches.
Champions Inter Milan are hoping Diego Milito and Wesley Sneijder can shake off minor injuries in time for Saturday's home game with Udinese.
Right back Maicon is suspended while forward Mario Balotelli's participation is in doubt after he angered coach Jose Mourinho by getting sent off in Tuesday's 1-1 Champions League draw at Rubin Kakan.
Thiago Motta remains injured but fellow midfielder Patrick Vieira, who has said he would leave if he does not play more, is likely to again be on the bench.
AC Milan travel to joint-bottom Atalanta on Sunday with coach Leonardo desperate for a win after Wednesday's shock 1-0 home defeat by FC Zurich in the Champions League.
Chief Executive Adriano Galliani has backed the rookie Brazilian but media reports say he could be replaced if Milan lose, with Marco van Basten seen as the favourite to take over.
Leaders Sampdoria host Parma on Sunday with coach Luigi Del Neri coy about comparisons with the 1991 scudetto-winning team.
"The difference with that Sampdoria team is that it was built to get results with players of great value. This Sampdoria does not have targets or limits," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.
Injury problems have hit Juventus ahead of Sunday's match at Palermo with Alessandro Del Piero, Tiago, Fabio Cannavaro and Mohamed Sissoko definitely out.
Lazio's confident 4-0 win at Levski Sofia in Thursday's Europa League means striker Goran Pandev and midfielder Cristian Ledesma, who have been banished all season after asking to leave, will again be missing at Fiorentina on Sunday.
Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic will be hoping to shine again having scored twice in the 2-0 win over Liverpool on Tuesday but media reports say he could be on the bench against the Romans.
Napoli coach Roberto Donadoni has been criticised by club president Aurelio De Laurentiis and could face the sack if his side do not impress in Sunday's game at AS Roma, whose injury list is yet to clear.
Bari's takeover by an American property tycoon collapsed on Thursday but the promoted side will be buoyed by Catania having three players suspended for their trip to Italy's heel on Saturday.comments