Manchester United players have to face the prospect of four Premier League fixtures in 10 days after Edinson Cavani's brace staved off a valiant attempt at a comeback from AS Roma
Serie A: Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to miss Turin derby after being handed one-match ban for blasphemy
Buffon had been fined 5,000 euros last month by the Italian Football Federation, but escaped a ban. However, the FIGC's Court of Appeal upheld the Federal Prosecutor's appeal and imposed a ban.
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho and Inter Milan counterpart Nicolo Barella have been regular starters under Italy coach Roberto Mancini but the former has a knee injury and the latter has still not been able to join up with the national squad because of coronavirus restrictions.
Gianluigi Buffon, who escaped a ban for the offence, was overheard using a "blasphemous expression" towards teammate Manolo Portanova during Juve's 4-0 league win over Parma
"(Cristante) pronounced a blasphemous expression in the 23rd minute of the first half," the Lega Serie A said in a statement without specifying the nature of the offending remark.
Serie A: Roma egde past Genoa to end five-match winless streak; Arkadiusz Milik's 91st-minute free-kick helps Napoli win
Roma's win against Genoa ended their five-match winless streak dating back to a 4-1 triumph over Sampdoria on 11 November and lifted Di Francesco's side to sixth.
FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Italy failing to qualify would be catastrophic, says coach Giampiero Ventura
"I'm not thinking about the play-offs, we need to think about the next two matches and then based on who we meet we'll weigh things up," said Ventura.
"I need to ask myself the question what I did wrong,” Koeman added.