Lazio defensive midfield duo Milan Badelj and Lucas Leiva have both been ruled out for up to a month. The update on 29-year-old Croatia international Badelj is particularly disappointing given he only returned to action in Monday’s 3-0 Serie A home defeat against Inter Milan, but was forced off in the first half with another injury to his right thigh flexor.
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To make matters worse for coach Simone Inzaghi it seems Brazilian star Lucas is set to be absent until the Milan clash on November 25.
Danilo Cataldi could benefit from the duo’s enforced absence and step into the Aquile first team on a regular basis, having played for just under an hour in Serie A so far this term.