Prandelli's pitch worry

Viola boss worried about Uefa Cup pitch

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Prandelli's pitch worry

Prandelli: Worried about Ibrox pitch

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Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli has expressed concerns about the state of the Ibrox pitch ahead of Thursday's Uefa Cup tie against Rangers.

Prandelli took the opportunity to have a look at the playing surface ahead of Wednesday evening's press conference at the stadium and was far from impressed by what he saw.

The pitch was relaid in January after a Scottish Cup tie against East Stirling fell victim to the weather.

But the Viola boss fears the surface could have an impact on the semi-final clash and even result in injury to his players.

Condition

"Because the pitch is not in perfect condition we will have to be extra careful," said Prandelli.

"We will have to be careful from an injury point of view and also because of the way the ball could bounce in different directions."

However, defender Alessandro Gamberini is hoping Fiorentina can use the pitch to their advantage.

He said: "I just saw the pitch five minutes ago and I expected it to be in better condition.

"But the fact that we have to be careful about the pitch will probably help our concentration."

Rangers will be missing several key players for the tie, with skipper Barry Ferguson and Kevin Thomson suspended and several more injured.

Prandelli admits Ferguson is a loss for Rangers, but he expects them to cope without some of their star performers.

Prandelli continued: "Of course Ferguson is a very important player so he will be a big loss for Rangers.

"I know they have very important players missing but when you have a team that plays in so many competitions you always risk injuries.

"We had the same problems throughout this season but we had the character to play all the matches."

Fitness boost
Meanwhile, Prandelli hopes Tomas Ujfalusi will recover from a thigh injury in time for Thursday's clash.

He explained: "We spoke to the doctors and we will try to push him to recover quickly but I haven't taken a decision yet - we will have to see tomorrow."