MILAN, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Third-placed Juventus will be without Pavel Nedved, Cristiano Zanetti and Giorgio Chiellini for this weekend's standout Serie A match at home to fourth-placed Fiorentina.
Claudio Ranieri's side are four points above the Florence club but four behind second-placed AS Roma after a frustrating February, and they start March without three important players. Czech winger Pavel Nedved was sent off in stoppage time of Tuesday's 0-0 draw with rivals Torino after he pulled Gianluca Comotto's hair in an altercation.
Italy defender Chiellini also misses Sunday's game (1400 GMT) after a yellow in the Turin derby while midfield general Zanetti is serving the second game of a suspension for his red in the 2-1 defeat at Reggina last weekend.
On the upside for Juve, striker David Trezeguet should return from missing two games with flu.
'I'm better. I hope to be available for Sunday,' he told the club's website.
Fiorentina, who climbed back above AC Milan into fourth with Wednesday's 1-0 win over Livorno, will again be without top striker Adrian Mutu because of a knee injury. Milan were without several regulars for Wednesday's 1-1 draw at Catania and with the Champions League last 16 second leg against Arsenal looming next Tuesday, they may not want to risk the likes of Kaka in Saturday's home match (1930) against Lazio.
The world player of the year has a knee complaint he is hoping to shrug off for Tuesday, but at least the European champions have fellow Brazilian Alexandre Pato, who scored his fifth goal at Catania since arriving in January.
Inter Milan, who drew 1-1 with Roma on Wednesday to maintain their nine-point lead, will also have an eye on the Champions League although they do not play their second leg with Liverpool until March 11. Main strike partnership Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Julio Cruz missed the Roma draw through injury and may also be struggling for the trip to Napoli in Sunday's late game (1930). Roma were angry at the referee's decision to dismiss Philippe Mexes for a second yellow minutes before Javier Zanetti grabbed Inter's 88th-minute equaliser on Wednesday.
Coach Luciano Spalletti accused Inter striker Hernan Crespo of making too much of the Frenchman's tackle and felt the red card contributed to Inter keeping up their unbeaten league record this term as they close in on retaining their title.
Barring a successful appeal, Mexes will miss Roma's home game with Parma on Saturday (1700).