Sinisa Mihajlovic has frozen Juan Manuel Vargas out of the Fiorentina squad against Cesena. “He was unprofessional.”
The Peruvian midfielder was also dropped on international duty this week after reportedly turning up late to the training camp and asking not to play.
“We discovered the Friday before the Lazio game that he was out late. If I'd known earlier, he wouldn't have played against Lazio either,” blasted the Coach.
“We talked about it when he returned from international duty and I left him out of the squad for tomorrow's game because he was unprofessional. The rules apply to him just like everyone else.
“We'll see how he behaves over the week. I need the real Vargas, not his less impressive brother. We can do without anyone who behaves so unprofessionally. Above all in this line of work, without passion you can't do it properly. As a player and Coach, I put passion into my work.
“When a player steps out of line, you have to make him understand what he has done wrong. This is a positive squad made of young and responsible players. Vargas was disappointed, but understood it was a serious setback.”
The Viola face Cesena on Sunday in the lunchtime kick-off, 11.30am UK time, at the Stadio Manuzzi.
“Cesena are very organised and play good football, while their strike force is stronger than any other team fighting against relegation. We know their weaknesses, but it'll be difficult and I know how much Adrian Mutu has been waiting for this moment.
“The synthetic pitch is new for us, but we have not trained on an artificial turf during the week, as the real grass is more similar to the Stadio Manuzzi surface than our version. I think it'll only take 5-10 minutes to get used to it. I spoke to those who have played there and they assured me there isn't much difference.”
Alberto Gilardino and Per Kroldrup are still out injured.
Fiorentina squad: Behrami, Boruc, Cassani, Cerci, De Silvestri, Gamberini, Jovetic, Kharja, Lazzari, Ljajic, Marchionni, Montolivo, Munari, Nastasic, Natali, Neto, Pasqual, Pazzagli, Romulo, Silva