Merih Demiral received a horrific gash to the face during Atalanta’s Serie A encounter with Salernitana.
The former Juventus defender was seen with a bloodied up after being involved in a clash with Milan Đurić.
Although the Bosnian was given a yellow card, Bergamo felt that the severity of the injury meant that the veteran defender should be punished further.
Demiral transferred from Turin to the northern clubs this summer on a loan, with the option to purchase.
Atalanta has had a slow start to the season, which is not unusual for the team. However, they feel more confident after their draw with Villareal in Champions League. They came from behind in Spain midweek.
Domestically, the side has only won once – their game with Salernitana permitting – while they have struggled for goals, something that’s not typically in the repertoire of Gian Gasperini’s men.
The boss said pre-match: “Three games in seven days are a good test for us. We’ll play in an environment which I know very well, it will be a tough game and we only think about ourselves, not about the table.
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“I’ve already told my players that we need to be focused. Salernitana have lost a few games, so they will give something more. Perhaps, they’ll change something. We need to be able to adapt to them.
“Franck Ribery is a great champion, everybody knows him. We’ll have to pay attention, I think he will play as a striker or as an attacking midfielder.”
Atalanta face a tough test by the way of Sassuolo in their next league fixture, while champions Inter Milan come soon after.