NEWS
Wednesday February 19 2020
Pavoletti ruled out for another six months

Cagliari have announced that Leonardo Pavoletti has undergone a new surgery on the ruptured ACL and is set for another six-month spell out.

The Rossoneri forward was on course to return to the side towards the last months of the season but suffered another setback after being out since the end of August last year.

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NEWS
Wednesday February 12 2020
Pavoletti: 'Lies about knee injury brawl'

Cagliari striker Leonardo Pavoletti confirms he suffered a new devastating ACL tear while leaving a team dinner with Luca Cigarini, but “it was just bad luck, there was no brawl.”

The Italian football world was stunned this week when it emerged Pavoletti had torn the same anterior cruciate ligament that had undergone surgery in August, effectively ending his season just weeks before he was due to really begin.

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NEWS
Monday February 10 2020
Pavoletti suffers relapse

Cagliari have confirmed that striker Leonardo Pavoletti has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament for a second time.

The 31-year-old suffered his first ACL injury at the end of August, and was on course to return to the side towards the end of this season.

However the club have announced that Pavoletti has once again ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the same knee.

It’s unknown at this stage when Pavoletti is expected to return to playing.

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NEWS
Tuesday January 28 2020
Pavoletti: 'The knee works'

Cagliari forward Leonardo Pavoletti was "proud" to reveal that he will be back “in a month or so” after five months out with a knee injury.

The forward scored 16 goals in 32 games for the Rossoblu last season, but this term he only lasted for 45 minutes in Serie A after limping off with a knee problem against Brescia in the opener.

Tests showed he had damaged the anterior cruciate ligament as well as the external meniscus and he has been out since.

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NEWS
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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NEWS
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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NEWS
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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NEWS
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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BLOG ITALIA
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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