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Saturday January 18 2014
Montella: 'Fiorentina still active'

Vincenzo Montella is ready to throw Alessandro Matri into the starting XI against Catania and revealed Fiorentina’s “transfer activity is not over.”

The Viola visit the Stadio Massimino on Sunday at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Gomez are still out injured, but Matri arrived on loan from Milan and Anderson started training today after completing his Manchester United switch.

“The club owners proved they wanted to improve the squad,” said Montella in his Press conference.

“If other players arrive then I’ll be even happier, as we can still do something more. Our transfer activity is not over.

“The club moved quickly and our directors did very well. Anderson is a very sharp guy with great temperament who has already settled into the reality of Fiorentina. He had his first training session today, but needs to go back to England to clarify a visa issue. He started out as a trequartista, but can also play inside midfield. He is an eclectic player.

“As for Matri, he is accustomed to Serie A and has a great sense of personal sacrifice. It is probable he will play against Catania.”

Despite the numerous injury problems, Fiorentina are still on track for Europe and sit comfortably in fourth place.

“There’s no point crying over spilt milk, as in football injuries do happen. We cannot hide behind alibis like this.”

This game is also a special occasion for Montella, who returns to face his former club after they sacked Gigi De Canio to recall Rolando Maran.

“I always come back here with pleasure and also spent time here over the summer. I hope Catania survive in Serie A. I expect a difficult game, as Catania are an organised side and already caused us a lot of problems when we last met. It will be a sporting battle.”

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