Andrea Stramaccioni admits that he'll have to show caution when using Udinese's talismanic captain Antonio Di Natale this season.
Speaking in his Press conference before the Zebrette's game with Lazio, the 38-year-old Roman told reporters that finding the right balance is crucial for a Coach in taking care of an older player.
“It's fair to ask me how I'll use Di Natale,” said Stramaccioni. “Both Toto and I would love for him to play every game, but part of being a Coach is being able to understand and measure the strength of every player.
“I have to be careful how I use him. Against Lazio, he'll play. That's a certainty. At the moment, our injury problems in that part of the pitch don't leave many options. My idea is to rotate when I can, but with players who fit.”
Two players who could have featured, but are now injured, are Giampiero Pinzi and the French striker Cyril Thereau, who moved to Udine this summer after four seasons with Chievo Verona.
“The injuries to Thereau and Pinzi were two bits of bad news,” admitted Stramaccioni. “Giampiero took a bad knock, and is now trying to recover as quickly as possible because he's very important on and off the pitch.
“Cyril will do a test before the game and might be available. He's very important for us to have fit, because I saw against Napoli how useful his characteristics can be when we're under pressure.”
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