Italy soccer roundup - Ronaldinho a doubt for new Monday game

AC Milan`s Ronaldinho has suffered a slight thigh strain, the club said in a statement, making the Brazilian a doubt for Monday`s trip to fourth-placed Napoli .

Last Updated: Oct 22, 2010, 15:36 PM IST

AC Milan`s Ronaldinho has suffered a slight thigh strain, the club said in a statement, making the Brazilian a doubt for Monday`s trip to fourth-placed Napoli .

The game is the first to be played on a Monday as part of moves to better market Serie A. Other measures include a Sunday lunchtime kick-off, television cameras in the dressing room and halftime interviews.

Reports say Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri, whose side are second, is planning changes irrespective of Ronaldinho`s injury following Tuesday`s 2-0 loss at Real Madrid in the Champions League.

* Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero will break Giampiero Boniperti`s record of 178 Serie A goals for the club if he scores in Sunday`s match at struggling Bologna (1300).

The 35-year-old played all of Thursday`s 1-1 Europa League draw at Salzburg, where in-form winger Milos Krasic again came to the rescue.

Fullback Zdenek Grygera suffered a knee injury in Austria and reports say he could be out for several weeks.

* Midfielder Dejan Stankovic looks set to miss third-placed Inter Milan`s home game with Sampdoria on Sunday (1845) after coming off in Wednesday`s 4-3 Champions League win over Tottenham with a calf injury, which could keep him out for around two weeks.

* Fiorentina director Andrea Della Valle has backed coach Sinisa Mihajlovic despite the injury-hit Florence club slumping to the bottom of the table ahead of Saturday`s visit of Bari (1845).

"His position is absolutely not under discussion. He is not the problem," Della Valle told reporters.

Striker Adrian Mutu returns from a long drugs ban at the end of the month.

* League leaders Lazio have been given the go ahead from authorities to continue flying their eagle mascot Olimpia around the Stadio Olimpico before Sunday`s game with Cagliari (1300).

Animal rights activists had complained but the club announced the bird would be staying as 3,000 fans, still stunned by the team`s form this term, turned up for a training ground friendly on Thursday.

Bureau Report