It was an unfortunate day for Fiorentina, who have now lost Mario Gomez for at least six weeks.
It was a bad day for Fiorentina who lost talisman Mario Gomez, after conceding a last minute equaliser against Cagliari at the Artemio Franchi in the lunchtime kick off. After the game, Fiorentina released an official statement regarding Gomez’s injury, confirming that the big German had suffered a sprained knee, with partial lesion of the collateral medial ligament. According to sporting doctor Marcello Manzuoli, Gomez will be out for several weeks, stating that it is an injury with several repercussions, that could lead to him missing up to two or three months.
Mario Gomez was not the only injury for the Viola however, with winger Juan Cuadrado also dislocating his shoulder earlier in the first half. The Colombian’s injury is thought to be less serious though, with doctor Manzuoli stating that he should be back within a fortnight. The injuries come at a bad time for Montella’s men, who will begin to balance Serie A with the Europa League, for the first time in his managerial career.
In his post match press conference, Montella was evidently unhappy with the result of the game, but he did also take time to comment on the injuries. “The injuries are certainly the saddest note of the day, so we can only hope they prove to be less serious than they seem.” Although Montella wasn’t drawn on a possible replacement for Gomez, it is highly likely that new signings, Ante Rebic and Oleksandr Yakovenko will vie for the starting spot beside Beppe Rossi.
Although Fiorentina remain unbeaten, they have lost ground to Napoli, who kept up their 100% record after a 2-0 victory over Atalanta on Saturday evening. Roma are the only other team who can join Napoli at the top of the Serie A table, but only if they can beat Parma, in Emilia Romagna on Monday night.