Montella: Cassano back for Palermo clash

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Sampdoria coach Vincenzo Montella confirmed the return of two key players ahead of a match he feels would ensure their Serie A future.

Despite Sampdoria finding themselves 14th in the Serie A table – eight points clear of the drop zone – Vincenzo Montella remains cautious and revealed that he is targeting at least a point in Sunday's clash with Palermo to ensure their safety.

Fortunately, he welcomes back veteran striker Cassano, who missed the last three matches due to an undisclosed muscle injury, and his presence will go a long way to ensuring the result Blucerchiati require.

"Every game is the most important and a great opportunity, regardless of the fact our opponents desperately need a win," Montella said in a pre-match press conference.

"We must make the most of this situation and return home with the point we need to be mathematically sure of our own safety.

"The team has changed during the campaign, but now we have found a sense of consistency. Antonio Cassano and Ricky Alvarez have been training all week, so they are available, but Niklas Moisander is still out of action.

On the topic of the club's goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano's recent standout performances, Montella said: "He did very well last year too. He is a person who probably benefitted from the atmosphere at Samp. There are some players who give their best in certain clubs.

"Could he go to Euro 2016? Antonio Conte follows Sampdoria with his collaborators and if it were up to me, I"d pick him."