Sunday September 15 2013
Mandorlini ignores Toni absence

Verona are without Luca Toni against Sassuolo today, but Coach Andrea Mandorlini doesn’t want that to be an alibi.

Toni has not trained properly all week due to a tendon problem and is not in the squad for this afternoon’s Serie A fixture. It kicks off at 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), click here for a match preview.

“Daniele Cacia will start. That is all that needs to be said,” snapped Mandorlini in a Press conference.

“I think there are rules that have to be respected. In pre-season Toni earned his place, while in his absence it’s only right that Cacia plays.

“This is the order I see things in and only performances on the field can change it.”

New signing Juan Manuel Iturbe from Porto is in the squad and could make his Serie A debut, while it’s the bench again for Samuele Longo.

Daniele Ragatzu and Michelangelo Albertazzi are also unavailable for Hellas Verona.

Verona squad for Sassuolo: Rafael, Nicolas, Mihaylov; Agostini, Bianchetti, Moras, Gonzalez, Cacciatore, Maietta; Donati, Hallfredsson, Laner, Cirigliano, Jorginho, Martinho, Donadel, Romulo; Longo, Cacia, Gomez Taleb, Sala, Iturbe, Jankovic

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