Monday, 23 January 2012

Benussi joins Toro

Torino have acted to quickly to replace injured goalkeeper Ferdinando Coppola by signing Francesco Benussi on loan from Palermo.

Coppola was stretchered off in the 68th minute of Saturday's match against Cittadella after a collision with defender Valerio Di Cesare and Cittadella striker Robert Maah. It has since been revealed that Coppola has torn the cruciate ligament in his left knee and will be out for the rest of the season.

Therefore, after assessing the potential candidates, Torino have decided to sign former Lecce goalkeeper Francesco Benussi on loan from Palermo until the end of the season. Benussi has made seven appearances for the Rosanero this season, but recently lost his place to Emiliano Viviano after he joined the club from Inter.

Coppola has enjoyed mixed fortunes since joining Torino in the summer, as although he has been guilty of making a number of mistakes (especially against Gubbio) the experienced goalkeeper only conceded 13 goals in 22 appearances. Lets hope that Ferdinando makes a speedy recovery, and that Francesco can be an adequate replacement in Torino's quest for promotion.

Here is a short video of new keeper Francesco Benussi in action for Palermo -

Forza Torino

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