Alberto Aquilani will not be risked by Fiorentina in Tuesday’s game against arch rivals Juventus, reports suggest.
The summer signing from Liverpool is on the mend after injury, but the club are keen to not rush him back.
The 28-year-old was looking to be available to face his former club in Serie A next week once he had overcome his Achilles heel issues.
Nevertheless, stories on Friday are suggesting that the Italian international will only return to the disposal of boss Vincenzo Montella for the September 30 tie against Inter.
Aquilani has played just 16 minutes so far this season when he appeared as a substitute in the Week 1 win over Udinese.