Missing Players and team news:
Domenico Berardi (thigh) and Francesco Caputo (back) could be ruled out once again for Sassuolo, with midfielder Mehdi Bourabia (hamstring), French forward Gregoire Defrel (thigh) and long-term injury absentee Filippo Romagna (knee) all unlikely to make their comebacks yet. Eleven-goal forward Caputo does have a better chance than his Azzurri colleague to make a return on Monday, so could join local boy Giacomo Raspadori in attack if passed fit, with in-form Hamed Traore unable to feature due to an untimely suspension. The club’s other Italian internationals, Gian Marco Ferrari and Manuel Locatelli, have returned negative COVID-19 tests and will be considered for selection by Roberto De Zerbi, but Kaan Ayhan has tested positive for the virus and must self-isolate. With Ferrari and Locatelli potentially coming back into the first XI, Vlad Chiriches and on-loan Maxime Lopez – who this week confirmed his intent to make his stay permanent in the summer – are most likely to drop out. The home side have a full complement of players ahead of the Neroverdi’s visit, as injured pair Gaetano Letizia and Iago Falque returned to action last week. Experienced centre-back Kamil Glik also came back from suspension – and three subsequent appearances for Poland – to score against Parma and should continue to marshal the Giallorossi defence, regardless of whether they opt for a back four or a three. There has been speculation that Pippo Inzaghi will switch to his occasionally employed 4-3-2-1 setup instead of Benevento’s more frequent 3-5-2, which might see Falque coming in as one of a pair supporting Adolfo Gaich in attack.