Immobile Trying to Speed Up Return to Play in Derby

Immobile took further exams on his injured thigh Monday, eyeing a blazing-fast recovery for Sunday’s Derby. The striker left the door open and will test his conditions in practice in the next few days. Lazio issued a coy statement on the matter.

The striker kept things close to the vest when quizzed about his presence in the Roma clash (via Ansa).

“Let’s hope, I’m feeling good.”

He was initially given a four-to-six weeks timetable, but he’s working hard to beat it. He’s nursing a grade-two lesion of the biceps femoris muscle, which generally takes a month to heal.

Lazio provided an inconclusive update on Immobile.

“He continues his personalized rehab protocol and will be monitored daily.”

As Corriere della Sera points out, the club said the same thing about Nicolò Casale, who was expected to be out for two more weeks at that time, and he was available five days later, although he was an unused sub versus Fiorentina. The marksman may be called up for the Derby even though he’s not totally fit out of gamesmanship.

Immobile will undergo more tests Thursday or Friday to assess the level of risk, and that will determine whether he could be involved in the crosstown encounter. Lazio will then face Monza and Juventus to close out the year.

Felipe Anderson thrived as a false-nine in the Atalanta bout, the first one without the center-forward. That wasn’t the case against Salernitana in the last round, as the Biancocelesti could not build on their lead and let the opponents come back.

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