Alessandro Matri had the debut of legends at Fiorentina. Unfortunately, he was soon thereafter marred by a calf injury that took the Italian striker out of his side's 3-0 win on Jan. 19 over Catania.
According to Football Italia, Matri downplayed his problem as "slight," and added it was overshadowed by his much-needed breakout performance that took center stage of his emotions:
“I went off at half-time due to a slight calf problem and we need some tests tomorrow to evaluate the extent of it,” he told Sky Sport Italia, per Football Italia.
Matri was replaced in the starting lineup to begin the second half, as Matos Santos Ryder was substituted in for one of Fiorentina's newest arrivals in the 45th minute.
Despite only playing for 45 minutes, Matri made a huge impact on the game by scoring two goals—in the 28th minute and 41st minute.
The goalscorer's production was heartily welcomed not only for Fiorentina but also for Matri himself. Before coming over on loan, the Italian really struggled in the first half of the Serie A season with AC Milan. He had just one goal in 15 appearances—a total he doubled in just one half of football with his new club.
The 11-year Serie A veteran's arrival and emergence couldn't have come at a better time for Fiorentina. They have climbed to fourth in the league table and are unbeaten since Dec. 8.