Emanuele Giaccherini injured on debut for new club Bologna after Sunderland exit

Toronto FC's Warren Creavale is held up by Sunderland Association Football Club's Emanuele Giaccherini during the second half of a friendly soccer match Wednesday July 22, 2015 in Toronto. (Jon Blacker/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Toronto FC's Warren Creavale is held up by Sunderland Association Football Club's Emanuele Giaccherini during the second half of a friendly soccer match Wednesday July 22, 2015 in Toronto. (Jon Blacker/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

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Emanuele Giaccherini is already facing a lay-off at new club Bologna after suffering a thigh injury on his debut.

Giaccherini joined Bologna on a season-long loan prior to the transfer deadline, although Sunderland will continue to pick up some of the tab for his wages.

But the Italian international - who endured an injury-hit campaign at Sunderland last season - lasted less than half-an-hour of his Bologna debut against Sampdoria on Monday before being forced off.

Tests have now shown that Giaccherini has aggravated a muscle in his thigh and faces a fortnight on the treatment table.