Atalanta Lose Midfield Linchpin for Next Few Matches

Marten De Roon limped off in the second half of the Lazio game due to a thigh injury. The ensuing tests showed a minor lesion of the biceps femoris muscle, Atalanta announced without disclosing the possible timetable for his return.

As per L’Eco di Bergamo, the Orobici are hopeful the midfielder will be able to play before the World Cup break. The standard recovery time is around three weeks. Ederson, who suffered the same problem earlier in the season, sat out just two matches.

De Roon will miss the upcoming Empoli tilt and the Napoli clash because of the injury. La Dea will complete its 2022 schedule with games versus Lecce and Inter. Rafael Toloi resumed practicing earlier in the week after skipping three contests due to a similar issue. With him back in the fold, Gian Piero Gasperini will be able to move Giorgio Scalvini to the midfield, as he has occasionally done. Berat Djimsiti also recuperated from a leg fracture, giving the coach more options in the back.

The ex-Salernitana man is the other top candidate to fill in for the Dutchman, who had played every minute prior to the hiccup. The Brazilian has mostly been alternating with Mario Pasalic as tactical no.10. The Nerazzurri also won’t have Luis Muriel in Tuscany, as he was red-carded Sunday.

Our Take on the De Roon Injury

It’s uncharted territory for the Bergamaschi, as he has rarely missed time in the last few years. It’ll be troublesome to compensate for the balance and hustle he provides. The gaffer will likely go with both solutions, fielding Ederson in easier matches when they wish to have an aggressive posture and Scalvini in the more challenging bouts.

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