NEWS
Sunday February 17 2013
Line-ups: Fiorentina-Inter

Fiorentina and Inter face off tonight in a head-to-head for Europe, as Stevan Jovetic takes on Mateo Kovacic, Antonio Cassano and Rodrigo Palacio.

It is fifth against sixth at the Stadio Franchi and only four points separate them going into tonight’s match.

The Nerazzurri are forced to begin life without Diego Milito, who went under the knife on Saturday and will be out for at least six months following knee ligament damage.

His name only extends the injury list, which includes Walter Samuel, Cristian Chivu, Luca Castellazzi, Joel Obi and Gaby Mudingayi.

Teenage talent Kovacic was given his full Inter debut on Thursday and provided an assist in the 2-0 win over Cluj, so he is again holding the midfield reins.

Palacio is the only real available striker, supported by Cassano and Fredy Guarin.

Fiorentina have stuttered badly in 2013 and have not beaten Inter since 2006, but they’re still in with a good shout of European qualification.

Alberto Aquilani returns from his two-match ban to form a very strong midfield with Borja Valero and ex-Inter man David Pizarro.

Jovetic leads the way in attack, as Vincenzo Montella may well have adjusted his system to a 4-3-3 by moving Manuel Pasqual into the defence.

Mati Fernandez, Michele Camporese and Giuseppe Rossi are unavailable.

Fiorentina: Viviano; Savic, Gonzalo Rodriguez, Tomovic, Pasqual; Borja Valero, Pizarro, Aquilani; Cuadrado, Jovetic, Ljajic

Fiorentina bench: Neto, Roncaglia, Compper, Sissoko, El Hamdaoui, Lupatelli, Larrondo, Llama, Migliaccio, Wolski, Toni, Romulo
Inter: Handanovic; Zanetti, Ranocchia, Juan Jesus, Nagatomo; Kuzmanovic, Cambiasso, Kovacic; Guarin; Cassano, Palacio

Inter bench: Belec, Carrizo, Silvestre, Schelotto, Alvarez, Rocchi, Gargano, Benassi, Alvaro Pereira, Jonathan, Colombi

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