Fiorentina to Use In-house Resources After Big Injury

Fiorentina lost Dodo potentially for the rest of the season because of an ACL tear. The fullback had started all but two games so far. Michael Kayode relieved him a couple of times, faring well after getting promoted from their Primavera team. He was a key part of the Azzurrini squad that won the U-19 European Championship last summer.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, the Viola don’t plan to bring in a free agent to compensate for the loss. They’ll trust their prodigy. They have another prospect on the roster, Niccolò Pierozzi, who logged 4 goals and 2 assists in 36 matches with Reggina in Serie B. He has missed every contest due to a lingering abdominal injury, though.

Fiorentina have a couple of solutions up their sleeve to substitute for Dodo on top of Kayode. They can field Fabiano Parisi and Cristiano Biraghi together, as they have done for a few minutes against Atalanta, even though they are left-footed. Lucas Martinez Quarta occasionally played as a fullback at River Plate.

The Viola used 3-5-2 for a brief stint against Udinese. They have a few pacey players that could adapt to the wingback position if need be.

Our Take on Fiorentina and Dodo

It’s a massive blow since he’s very impactful when on point. Kayode has fared as well as he could have possibly done, but their busy schedule presents a challenge. Pierozzi was pretty good at Reggina, but his fitness level is a question mark.

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