Di Natale out for a month
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Italian international picked up the knock in training earlier this week and was only anticipating a brief spell on the sidelines.
But after undergoing tests Empoli's top scorer will miss the next few weeks of the campaign with his club unlikely to rush him back before the end of the year.
Di Natale has definitely been ruled out of the encounters against Milan, Udinese and Modena with the meeting against Atalanta also likely to be off the agenda.
The injury to Di Natale, allied to Luca Saudati's prolonged absence, could prompt Empoli to seek striking reinforcements in January's transfer window.