RONALDO will miss AC Milan's trip to Siena tomorrow because of a nagging
thigh injury that doctors are struggling to treat.
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The Brazilian has not played so far this season and recently flew to
Antwerp and Brazil to seek second opinions, with Milan admitting they
had misjudged the injury.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti had said Ronaldo would definitely return after the
international break. But he will again be without the striker against
Siena, who saved themselves from relegation with five minutes to go last
Juventus, who along with AS Roma are the only side with two wins from
two this term, host Udinese on Sunday without injured defender Jean
Alain Boumsong and the suspended Jonathan Zebina.
French defender Zebina has received a four-match ban for being sent off
and trying to slap a steward's face in his side's 3-2 win at Cagliari
two weeks' ago.
Udinese, battered 5-0 at home by promoted Napoli last time out, will
hope Antonio Di Natale can continue where he left off on Wednesday when
he scored both goals in Italy's 2-1 victory over Ukraine in Euro 2008
Roma visit Reggina on the toe of Italy, with Azzurri players Christian
Panucci, Simone Perrotta and Alberto Aquilani set to feature after
coming through the Kiev win relatively unscathed.
Patrick Vieira captained France in last Saturday's 0-0 draw with Italy
and the 1-0 home defeat by Scotland on Wednesday despite Inter-Milan
saying he was not fit following hamstring trouble.
The midfielder criticised Inter and it remains to be seen if he will
reclaim his place for Sunday's home game with Catania.
'I have never chosen between club and country. If I'm alright I play for
one and for the other,' the 31-year-old midfielder told a news
conference on Tuesday.
'If Inter prefer to speak via newspapers instead of telling me what they
think, it is their problem. I don't usually talk about this sort of
thing in the newspapers. I'm disappointed.'
Champions Inter are definitely without centre-back Marco Materazzi, who
continues his recovery from a thigh injury.
Lazio host Empoli tomorrow, with new goalkeeper Fernando Muslera pushing
for a start after 43-year-old Marco Ballotta kept his place in the 0-0
draw with Sampdoria on 2 Sept.
Bottom side Livorno, who have conceded nine goals in their two defeats
so far, visit promoted Genoa on Sunday.