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Thursday September 5 2019
Cragno to have shoulder op

Alessio Cragno is expected to be out for several months, as Cagliari confirmed the goalkeeper requires surgery.

The shot-stopper has been struggling since pre-season with a right shoulder injury after an awkward fall during a friendly in Istanbul.

It had become evident the problem was serious when the club signed Sweden international Robin Olsen on loan from Roma on transfer deadline day.

Now the Sardinians have announced Cragno will go under the knife in Rome’s Villa Stuart clinic on Saturday.

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Wednesday September 4 2019
Pavoletti out for seven months

Cagliari striker Leonardo Pavoletti underwent knee surgery today and is expected to be out of action for seven months.

The Italy international limped off with a left knee problem during the opening game of the Serie A season against Brescia.

Tests showed he had damaged the anterior cruciate ligament as well as the external meniscus.

Pavoletti went under the knife today in Innsbruck and a statement released by Cagliari confirms he is expected to make a full recovery in circa seven months.

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Friday August 30 2019
Cagliari sign Simeone, lose Pavoletti

Cagliari have officially signed Fiorentina striker Giovanni Simeone on loan with obligation to buy but have lost Leonardo Pavoletti to a serious knee injury.

Cagliari deposited Simeone’s contract with Lega Serie A on Friday, having committed to purchasing the Argentine next summer for €16m.

The 24-year-old joined Fiorentina from Genoa in the summer of 2017 for €17m and scored 22 goals in two seasons, although he managed just six in Serie A last term.

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NEWS
Wednesday June 12 2019
Roma & Cagliari in striker swap?

Cagliari have reportedly offered top goalscorer Leonardo Pavoletti in exchange for surplus Roma striker Gregoire Defrel.

According to Il Tempo, Cagliari are in ‘pole position’ to sign Defrel ahead of Atalanta and Bologna.

The 27-year-old scored 12 goals for Sampdoria last season, but he is on the market as the Blucerchiati will not take up their €12.75m option to buy.

The newspaper adds the Sardinians are so keen to bring in the Frenchman that they are prepared to give up Pavoletti.

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Saturday June 8 2019
Mancini: 'Italy have attacking options'

Roberto Mancini is keeping his options open in attack as Italy visit Greece in tonight’s Euro 2020 qualifier. “The key will be stopping them getting into their rhythm.”

It kicks off in Athens at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

The predicted line-ups remain in the air, as the centre-forward in his 4-3-3 formation could be Andrea Belotti, Fabio Quagliarella or even Federico Bernardeschi as a False 9.

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Thursday June 6 2019
Italy balance progress and the present

The Azzurri have a generation of talented young players, but Jay Cassano observes Roberto Mancini using them judiciously in the service of immediate results.

One of the biggest problems facing the Italian national team today is that there are relatively few players in what we ambiguously refer to as a footballer’s “prime.” That age from about 27 to 31, plus a couple more years if they’re a defender.

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Sunday June 2 2019
Serie A 2018-19 Review: Cagliari

Cagliari did what they had to and not a penny more, writes Stefan Girasoli after another not exactly outstanding season.

You can read the full team analysis as part of our 2018-19 Season Review HERE.

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Tuesday March 26 2019
Pavoletti: 'The perfect evening'

Leonardo Pavoletti could not have asked for more, as he scored four minutes into his Italy debut. “It was the perfect evening.”

The Cagliari striker came off the bench to replace brace hero Fabio Quagliarella at the Stadio Tardini during the 6-0 victory over Liechtenstein.

It took him four minutes to get on the scoresheet on his first senior Italy appearance.

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Tuesday March 26 2019
Euro 2020: Italy hit Liechtenstein for six

Fabio Quagliarella made history with a brace of penalties, as Italy demolished 10-man Liechtenstein 6-0 with Marco Verratti, Stefano Sensi, Moise Kean and Leonardo Pavoletti on target.

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Tuesday March 19 2019
Aina given three-game ban

Torino full-back Ola Aina has been given a three-match ban for his red card against Bologna at the weekend.

Aina was shown a straight red card in stoppage time of the 3-2 defeat for showing dissent to the referee, and the FIGC’s sporting judiciary has not held back with its punishment.

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