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Injured Benalouane may return to Leicester

Fiorentina may seek compensation from the English Club for the 500,000 Euro loan fee

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In the final hours of the January transfer window, Fiorentina signed Yohan Benalouane from Leicester City in order to rectify the pressing need for a central defender that had been a problem since Stefan Savic left for Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2015.

Despite the last minute attempt, the Viola are still without defensive cover as Benalouane has been injured since he arrived in Florence. This was highlighted in the disappointing 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona this weekend, as Coach Paulo Sousa rested Gonzalo Rodriguez and was forced to play Marcos Alonso as a makeshift centre back.

Speaking after the game, Sporting Director Daniele Prade spoke to the media about the issues surrounding the Frenchman. "He is becoming a chronic problem, let's see what decision we take with the player and with Leicester."

The club have taken issue with the Premier League club, as Prade went on to say. "They told us that he was healthy and we trusted them, it was the last day of the transfer season and we couldn't do a thorough medical check-up "

According to, Fiorentina may seek compensation for some of the 500,000 Euro loan fee paid for the player, but the greatest concern for the club is that there still remains a chronic lack of defensive depth - something that simply must be addressed in a satisfactory fashion this summer.