Next Match: at home to Roma, December 01
Atalanta have suffered a blow ahead of Sunday's game against unbeaten Roma with captain Gianpaolo Bellini ruled out for four months with a tendon lesion. The 33-year-old defender was stretchered off during last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Sassuolo. Bellini underwent tests this week which showed a tendon detachment in his right thigh that requires at least four months of treatment. The only consolation for Atalanta coach Stefano Colantuono is that tests done on defender Guglielmo Stendardo have ruled out any damage to his knee and he should be available to face Roma. Atalanta have lost just once at home this season and are 10th in Serie A.