MILAN - Brief news from Serie A ahead of the weekend matches. On-loan Lazio striker Mauro Zarate has given the Rome club a boost before Saturday's trip to leaders Inter Milan by agreeing to a permanent move from Qatar's Al Sadd. "Now everything is in place for him to stay, it is his and our wish," Lazio president Claudio Lotito told Gazzetta dello Sport. Inter, who have a seven-point lead over second-placed AC Milan with fives games left, are without suspended Mario Balotelli and Dejan Stankovic but midfielders Sulley Muntari and Luis Jimenez are fit after knocks. Coach Jose Mourinho, involved in a spat in the media with Milan midfielder Massimo Ambrosini in recent days, has said he may try a new formation to cover for the absences. Milan, who travel to Catania on Sunday, continue to be without midfielder Gennaro Gattuso following knee surgery last December. Italian newspapers on Friday were filled with fresh speculation that Milan director Leonardo or Cagliari boss Massimiliano Allegri had been lined up to replace Carlo Ancelotti should the coach leave. Third-placed Juventus feel fully vindicated after a second appeal court temporarily lifted a ban on supporters for Sunday's home game with struggling Lecce. The closed doors ban had been imposed after fans were accused of racially abusing Inter's Mario Balotelli in a 1-1 draw in Turin last month. "Juventus have expressed their satisfaction over the decision, which confirms the basis of the appeal presented," a club statement said. AS Roma goalkeeper Doni has been ruled out for the season with a knee injury, the club said. Roma, whose Champions League hopes are dwindling, host fifth-from-bottom Chievo on Sunday with the visitors hoping to take another step towards avoiding relegation. Fifth-placed Genoa, who face city rivals Sampdoria on Sunday, have agreed to sign Atalanta striker Sergio Floccari for next season, media reports said.
1 May 2009
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