The official website for European football

Natali nightmare for Udinese

Published: Thursday 29 September 2005, 18.25CET
Udinese Calcio defender Cesare Natali will miss the rest of the group stage after fracturing his left ankle during the 4-1 defeat at FC Barcelona.
Published: Thursday 29 September 2005, 18.25CET

Natali nightmare for Udinese

Udinese Calcio defender Cesare Natali will miss the rest of the group stage after fracturing his left ankle during the 4-1 defeat at FC Barcelona.

Udinese Calcio defender Cesare Natali will be out of action for two months after fracturing his left ankle during the 4-1 defeat at FC Barcelona.

Excellent start
The 26-year-old limped out after 33 minutes of Tuesday's match at Camp Nou and will now miss the rest of the group stage. After two Group C games, Udinese are second with three points. Natali had made an excellent start to the season after his move from Atalanta BC, scoring in the Champions League third qualifying round against Sporting Clube de Portugal.

Iaquinta settlement
Meanwhile, Udinese striker Vincenzo Iaquinta has been restored to the first-team squad after missing the Barcelona match over a contract wrangle. The matter has been resolved with Udinese confirming that the 25-year-old will remain with the club until his deal expires in 2007.

Last updated: 29/09/05 21.33CET

Related information

Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=347557.html#natali+nightmare+udinese

UEFA.com features

Handy on the wing: Europe's footballing birds
  • Handy on the wing: Europe's footballing birds
  • Pick of the 2016 WU19 EURO photos
  • Watch Netherlands beat Spain in 2014 final
  • France's Griezmann on 2010 Under-19 triumph
  • The rise of Leicester and England's Jamie Vardy
  • Manchester City signing İlkay Gündoğan in profile
  • EURO cult heroes: 2012 – Jordi Alba
  • Camille Abily introduces champions Lyon
  • EURO history makers: 2012 - Andrés Iniesta
  • Dickenmann and Bussaglia: Wolfsburg's Lyon link
1 of 10