Saturday April 16 2011
Reja rages at tardy Zarate

Mauro Zarate could be frozen out of the Lazio squad after turning up late to training. “I haven't decided how I'll deal with him,” said Edy Reja.

It's certainly not the first time there have been problems between the Coach and the Argentine, but with a trip to Catania on Sunday and fourth place at stake, the timing of this latest incident is terrible.

“He forgot the time of the training session, so this morning he turned up at 12 instead of 11 and did not train,” revealed Reja in a Press conference.

“The schedule is pinned up outside the locker room for all to see, but I haven't decided how I'll deal with him.

“Whoever steps on to the pitch will give 100 per cent. I want to see character and temperament.

“We really need those elements in the fiery atmosphere of Catania. They have excellent players, but so have we and it's what happens on the field that decides the result.”

Stefan Radu is a doubt to feature, as his father died this week, while Francelino Matuzalem is suspended.

Lazio leapt back into the top four last week and could break away, considering Udinese face a difficult visit to Napoli.

“We cannot sit here trying to make calculations, as there are six games left and everybody wants to win them.

“I just hope that there are no unusual situations. I don't want to carry on the controversy, as President Claudio Lotito already said what we have to do.”

Lotito pledged to set up a ‘task force' to check the last six rounds of the season, watching out for any potential match-fixing or refereeing errors favouring certain clubs.