Stevan Jovetic is set for a gruelling week of increased physiotherapy and training work in a bid to return to action for Fiorentina’s next League game.
The Montenegrin missed Delio Rossi’s debut as Viola Coach last weekend when he returned home from international duty having aggravated a problematic hip injury.
In a bid to return to action for the team’s next Serie A match - a trip to Sicily to face Palermo - the playmaker is already back in full training and is also undergoing intense therapies and physio work.
Jovetic will not be risked for Thursday’s Coppa Italia clash with Empoli at the Artemio Franchi when it is also thought that Alberto Gilardino will be rested.
That could see Khouma Babacar in line for his first appearance of the season. Along with six other primavera players, the No 9 has been involved in first-team training under Rossi.