Lazio facing muscle injury crisis – from Wallace to Milinkovic-Savic to Immobile
Lazio are in somewhat of an injury crisis; despite head coach Simone Inzaghi’s best efforts to rotate the squad effectively and ensure that the Biancocelesti aren’t left with an end-of-season crisis like last season where both Luis Alberto and Ciro Immobile missed a large chunk of Lazio’s run-up to the season’s end. Last season’s injury problems cost Lazio a place in the UEFA Champions League and there are signs starting to indicate we could be in for history repeating itself.
It is not just injuries but specifically muscle injuries that have been causing problems for a number of players; raising questions as to whether it is simply bad luck or down to a lack of fitness training/medical help at Formello.
The first muscle injury to raise alarm bells was that of Luiz Felipe against Napoli in Naples, who was forced to come off just thirty minutes into the game; which Lazio would eventually go on to lose 2-1. After that, injury after injury came: Wallace was injured in the Coppa Italia clash with Inter Milan, the Brazilian set to be out till early March. Then came the fatigue of Joaquin Correa in the Coppa Italia clash also; the Argentine then missing the game against Frosinone.
In that match against Frosinone, both Luis Alberto and Ciro Immobile suffered injuries. The duo missed the match against Empoli on Thursday and, although Luis Alberto is expected to be back to play against his old club Sevilla this Thursday, Ciro Immobile will likely not feature.
Matters went from bad to worse for the Biancocelesti in the match against Empoli, with Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic complaining of an issue in the second half against the relegation-threatened side. Milinkovic-Savic is now confirmed to be injured and out till March.
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