After grinding out a win against Chievo Verona, the Fiorentina squad more resembled the walking wounded than a football club. Injuries to Matias Vecino (thigh), Ciprian Tatarusanu (head), Carlos Sanchez (hamstring), and Hrvoje Milic (broken nose) left the squad awfully thin heading into the international break, especially with Gonzalo Rodriguez (thigh) also dinged up. Fortunately, 4 of the 5 will be ready for this week’s tilt against Genoa.
Tatarusanu was held out of Romania’s World Cup qualifier to give him time to recover from a concussion suffered at the knee of Riccardo Meggiorini. Both the Viola and Romania medical teams have cleared him to resume activities, though, so it seems that he avoided a major concussion.
Sanchez has also been examined by his international doctors, who decided to let him rest instead of playing in the Cafeteros’ World Cup qualifier; the player has said that he’s ready to go this week.
Hrvoje Milic, who played much of the second half with a broken nose, is also healthy again. Maybe he’ll even get to wear one of those Batman masks.
Gonzalo has also recovered fully from the knock he picked up against Juventus, which is a relief. For a player his age, those soft tissue injuries have a way of lingering. He’s resumed training and will marshal what’ll probably be a new-look backline against the Rossoblu.
The only problem is Vecino, who’s suffered muscular damage to his thigh. The Uruguay medical team declared him unable to join the national team. Now gingerly training separately from the rest of the Viola squad, he’s set to miss another two weeks on the recommendation of the Fiorentina doctors; if he sticks to that timetable, he’ll miss matches against Genoa, PAOK, and AS Roma, but return in time for the clash at Udinese.