The latest news, goals, injuries and squad updates within the top flight of Italian football.
Roma: Andrine Hegerberg operation on ACL injury
Roma have announced that Andrine Hegerberg underwent reconstructive surgery last Saturday. The Norwegian midfielder injured the anterior cruciate ligament of her left knee in training on January 8. After the successful operation, she will now begin her rehabilitation in Oslo.
Juventus: Injuries to Caruso and Galli, debut for Giordano
Both Arianna Caruso and Aurora Galli missed Sunday’s win over Verona. The club has reported that Caruso has a first degree lesion of the rectus femoris of the right thigh.
Galli seems to be the more serious worry having suffered a first-second degree injury to the medial gastrocnemius muscle of her right leg.
Giordano’s JoyEmbed from Getty Images
In better news, 18-year-old Michela Giordano made her first appearance in Serie A for Juventus. The promising young defender came on in the 71st minute to replace Lisa Boattin in the 5-0 win at home against Hellas.
Giordano had already appeared in the Juve first team in the Coppa Italia, but this was her debut league appearance for the club.
Fiorentina: Manager returns to the bench but squad still still without numerous key playersEmbed from Getty Images
Viola boss Antonio Cincotta was finally able to return to take charge of his team in Sunday’s win at Inter. Earlier this month the manager announced that he was one of the club staff who had tested positive for Covid-19.
As a result he missed both the semi-final and final of the recent Supercoppa as well as the league win over San Marino.
Covid-19 and injuries
Both Stephanie Breitner and Martina Piemonte were still unavailable for last Sunday’s game, also due to Covid-19. The squad has been without a number of other key members recently due to injuries.
Marta Mascarello, Cláudia Neto, Michela Catena, Camilla Forcinella and Janni Arnth have all missed the team’s recent matches.
Along with the recent departure of Tatiana Bonetti who signed for Atletico Madrid, these absences have allowed a call-up to the first team squad for quite a few of the club’s youth team.
Napoli: Could Bulgarian award winner be Napoli’s saviour?Embed from Getty Images
When Bulgaria announced their Footballer of the Year awards last week, it came as no surprise that the women’s prize went to Evdokiya Popadinova. Having won the previous four editions, the 24-year-old striker was in no danger of losing her crown.
When Popadinova signed for Napoli in early November the club were in desperate need of goals. Without a point after six games and rooted to the bottom of the table, there didn’t seem much cause for hope of survival. Napoli looked destined to go straight back down to Serie B.
Despite not scoring in her first three games for the club, Napoli did manage to pick up their first point of the season. Having now settled into the team and Italian football, the Bulgarian forward has now scored in her last three games.
Evi for Victory
The latest of those was the only goal of the match as Napoli finally claimed their first victory. The win over Pink Bari on Saturday last allowed them to leapfrog their opponents and move to within four points of San Marino in the safety zone. Now Napoli can dare to dream again.
Pink Bari: New signings to give new hopeEmbed from Getty Images
Francesca Quazzico has returned to the club where she started her senior career. The young defender is now on loan from Inter Milan for the rest of the season. She went straight into the starting line-up for last Saturday’s defeat at Napoli.
The bottom of the table club also unveiled another new member of the squad when Maria Zecca appeared as a late substitute in the same game. The Italian-American forward has signed for the club from Roma.
Every goal from most recent round of games
To finish up, here’s a look at all 21 goals scored at the weekend, including Juve’s biggest win of the season and a five goal thriller as Fiorentina overcame Inter.