Serie A Previews: Siena face Inter amid fraud probe
MILAN - Brief news ahead of Serie A fixtures this weekend. Siena coach Marco Giampaolo said his faltering side were fully focused on Saturday's home game with Serie A leaders Inter Milan despite their president Giovanni Lombardi Stronati being investigated for real estate fraud. "This is a personal matter and it has nothing to do with us. We must think about working and playing," Giampaolo told reporters. Inter, who could extend their lead to nine points pending Sunday's fixtures, will be without suspended midfielder Dejan Stankovic with Adriano, Julio Cruz, Patrick Vieira and Nelson Rivas again missing out through injury. Second-placed Juventus have a growing injury list for Sunday's trip to Atalanta with striker Vincenzo Iaquinta poised to miss out with a thigh strain and defender Zdenek Grygera also doubtful. Mauro Camoranesi and Pavel Nedved were ruled out on Thursday. AC Milan have similar injury problems for Sunday's home game with Udinese but Kaka hopes to shrug off a groin problem. Massimo Ambrosini and Gianluca Zambrotta are suspended while David Beckham will be attendance ahead of his official arrival in January. Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino said it was important for the Florence club, now in fifth, to be in fourth place following Sunday's trip to Sampdoria. "For Fiorentina the game with Samp is decisive. We want to finish 2008 in fourth spot," he told Friday's Gazzetta dello Sport. Napoli, a point above Fiorentina, visit struggling Torino on Sunday without suspended duo Ezequiel Lavezzi and Paolo Cannavaro. Midfielder Marek Hamsik, who was robbed at gunpoint on Thursday, is injured.
19 December 2008
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