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Montolivo back for Milan

Milan have Riccardo Montolivo and Davide Calabria back and Hakan Calhanoglu available for tomorrow’s showdown with Roma.

It kicks off on Sunday at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), click here for a match preview.

Calhanoglu was in doubt after he went off at half-time in the 3-2 Europa League victory over Rijeka on Thursday following a knock to the back.

He is in the side at San Siro, as are the returning Montolivo and Calabria.

Still absent are Luca Antonello, Gustavo Gomez and Andrea Conti.

Milan squad for Roma: A Donnarumma, G Donnarumma, Storari; Abate, Bonucci, Calabria, Musacchio, Paletta, Rodriguez, Romagnoli, Zapata; Biglia, Bonaventura, Calhanoglu, Kessie, Locatelli, Mauri, Montolivo; Borini, Cutrone, Kalinic, André Silva, Suso


Italy squad for WC Qualifiers

Simone Verdi and Leonardo Spinazzola are added to the Italy squad against Macedonia and Albania, but no Simone Zaza.

The Azzurri host Macedonia in Turin on Friday October 6, then visit Tirana for the final World Cup qualifier on Monday October 9.

There had been reports Zaza would be recalled to the Nazionale following his hat-trick for Valencia, but he is left out again with new father Mario Balotelli of Nice.

Bologna winger Verdi gets his second call, while Stephan El Shaarawy’s recent good form with Roma also earns him a spot.

Davide Zappacosta of Chelsea and Southampton forward Manolo Gabbiadini get the nod, plus Spinazzola is involved after returning to the field for Atalanta.

Italy squad

GK: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Mattia Perin (Genoa);

D: Davide Astori (Fiorentina), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Milan), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Daniele Rugani (Juventus), Leonardo Spinazzola (Atalanta), Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea);

M: Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Antonio Candreva (Inter), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Simone Verdi (Bologna);

F: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Eder Citadin Martins (Inter), Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton), Ciro Immobile (Lazio).


Perotti and Defrel out of Milan-Roma

Diego Perotti and Gregoire Defrel are out of Roma’s trip to Milan, with Lorenzo Pellegrini and Hector Moreno in doubt.

It kicks off on Sunday at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), click here for a match preview.

The Giallorossi must do without Perotti and Defrel, who sustained muscular problems while in Azerbaijan for the Champions League meeting with Qarabag.

Pellegrini is in doubt after coming down with flu symptoms, but is in the squad, along with Moreno, suffering from a slight knock.

Emerson Palmieri, Patrik Schick and Rick Karsdorp are long-term absentees.

Youth team striker Mirco Antonucci has been called up to bolster the ranks.

Roma squad for Milan: Alisson, Lobont, Skorupski; Juan Jesus, Kolarov, Moreno, Fazio, Peres, Manolas, Castan; Nainggolan, Strootman, Pellegrini, De Rossi, Gonalons, Florenzi, Gerson; Dzeko, Cengiz Under, Antonucci, El Shaarawy


Totti scores in Tbilisi

Francesco Totti scored on his return to the pitch in a charity game in Tbilisi, with a fan running onto the pitch to hug the Roma legend.

Kakha Kaladze organised a match between some of his former teammates and a world XI, which took place tonight, with players swapping sides in an informal contest.

The likes of Luca Toni, Rivaldo, Andriy Shevchenko and Cafu played in the match, which ended 6-5 to the Rest of the World.

Having previously set-up Salgado’s goal, Totti scored for Kaladze’s side before Giorgi Demetradze and Marco Delvecchio sealed a 6-5 win for the World XI.

Paolo Maldini and Dida coached the World XI, but Totti was the star attraction as a fan ran on to hug Er Pupone.

Kaladze XI 5-6 World XI

Toni 1 30 (WXI), Iashvili 3 (KXI), Salgado 12 (WXI), Rivaldo 26 (WXI), Cafu 45 (KXI), Kuranyi (KXI), Totti 70 (WXI), Demetradze 74 (KXI), Shevchenko 74 (KXI), Delvecchio 90 (WXI)

Kaladze XI: S. Rossi (Abbiati, 46); Cafu, Costacurta (Favalli, 46), Kaladze, Cordoba; Kobiashvili (A. Carbone, 46), Albertini (Amisulashvili, 61), Boban (Jamarauli, 24; Demetradze, 46); Crespo (Kuranyi, 16); Shevchenko, Iashvili

World XI: Frey; Salgado (Oddo, 46), Vierchowod (Annoni, 46), Simic (Tassotti, 46), Candela; Ambrosini (Di Biagio, 46), J. Zanetti (D. Baggio, 46), Jankulovski (Di Livio, 46); Rivaldo (Ba, 63), Totti (Zanetti, 90); Toni (Delvecchio, 46)


Ones to watch in Week 7

Serie A heads into its final weekend before the October international break, and it looks set to be an important weekend.

Juventus and Napoli are both looking to maintain perfect starts to the season, while two potential Scudetto contenders meet at San Siro.

Here’s what to look out for in Week 7.

Champions League showdown

Milan and Roma both face this season with the minimum aim of Champions League qualification, and they meet on Sunday evening at San Siro.

The pressure is very much on the Rossoneri already, following defeat to Sampdoria last weekend.

Questions have already been raised over the future of Coach Vincenzo Montella, and with Carlo Ancelotti suddenly free, he can’t afford any more slip-ups.

The visitors, meanwhile, are six points off the pace being set by the leaders, albeit with a game in hand, and their Scudetto ambitions would be damaged with a defeat this weekend.

Click here to read our Milan-Roma preview

Tough trip for Juventus

Juve have won the Scudetto for the past six seasons in a row, and it looks like the Old Lady means business again this season.

Max Allegri’s side have won all of their opening six games, but they face a tough trip to Atalanta on Sunday night.

The Orobici caused all sorts of problems in this fixture last season, with the Bianconeri perhaps fortunate to leave Bergamo with a point.

With Napoli matching Juventus blow-for-blow, will the champions stumble this weekend?

Click here to read our Atalanta-Juventus preview

Inter’s big chance?

The Nerazzurri haven’t been altogether impressive so far this season, but Luciano Spalletti’s side remain just two points off the top.

With Juve facing a difficult match in Bergamo and Napoli playing in the early kick-off, this weekend could be a good opportunity to close the gap.

Benevento look out of their depth in Serie A after back-to-back promotions, having lost all their games so far while scoring just once and conceding 16.

This should be an absolute stick-on for an Inter win then, but things don’t always work out that way for the Beneamata…

Click here to read our Benevento-Inter preview

Juric fights for his job

Genoa Coach Ivan Juric’s position on the bench is under threat, with reports he must beat Bologna to save his job.

The Grifone have picked up just two points so far, and the Croatian is unlikely to survive another defeat.

Bologna’s form has been up and down so far, with two wins, two draws and two defeats, and this is the kind of home game Genoa will need to win if they’re to avoid a relegation scrap.

Click here to read our Genoa-Bologna preview

An early relegation battle

Spal and Crotone 14th and 15th respectively with near identical records and four points each.

They meet at the Stadio Paolo Mazza this weekend in a match which both sides will have earmarked as a potential three points.

Both are likely to be involved in the relegation battle, and neither is likely to pick up a huge number of points this season so this is the proverbial six-pointer.

Click here to read our Spal-Crotone preview