Del Neri: Cassano fit and will stay on Sampdoria bench

Sampdoria coach Gigi Del Neri has recalled fit-again striker Antonio Cassano to his squad. But he insists Cassano is unlikely to play against Lazio.

Sampdoria coach Gigi Del Neri has recalled fit-again striker Antonio Cassano to his squad.

But he insists Cassano is unlikely to play against Lazio.

Cassano hasn't played since their training ground row last year and Del Neri said: “Sure Cassano could be selected, but it will take between 15 and 20 days before he will be completely better.

“It's really for this reason that we have organised a programme of work for him. Antonio met the fitness staff yesterday.

“We have decided to do a mini pre-season for him that will ensure he won't suffer when he gets back on the pitch.”

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