Following yesterday’s discussion of the extreme reactions often exhibited towards Roma’s transfer dealings, it’s only appropriate we focus on Diego Perotti and Bruno Peres, two men who fell on opposite ends of that spectrum. Where Perotti was an overlooked ploy that has exceeded all expectations, Peres’ well-heralded arrival hasn’t borne much fruit, though much of that is due to Spalletti being forced to play him out of position.
This piece isn’t about their collective pasts, rather it’s about their immediate future, which will unfortunately be spent in the trainers room. The club announced earlier today that Peres (groin) and Perotti (hamstring) will each be shelved for about two weeks.
On Peres, the club provided us with the following update:
Bruno Peres underwent tests earlier on Monday which revealed the player is suffering from a minor groin strain.
The Brazilian full-back, who has made 10 appearances so far this season, sustained the injury on Friday, in a training session prior to Roma's win over Napoli.
He has already begun treatment and is expected to be sidelined for a fortnight.
That doesn’t sound too bad, and quite frankly it wouldn’t be shocking if he returned earlier, but groin strains tend to linger, don’t they? Get that kid some BenGay!
For the Perotti part of the equation, the club dropped this:
Diego Perotti underwent a medical exam on Monday that revealed a myofascial strain on his right hamstring.
The Argentine, who has made 11 appearances so far this season in all competition for the Giallorossi, started Saturday's game against Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo - eventually being substituted in the closing stages, replaced by Gerson.
It is expected that Perotti, who has already started on a recovery program, will miss around two weeks.
With a nearly identical prognosis, one would imagine Perotti and Peres will have some awkward Spanish to Portuguese conversations in the physio room, while seeing who can get more spitballs to stick in El Shaarawy’s mohawk. Despite Perotti’s two week timeline, once again, this is the sort of injury that lingers, so we’ll want to keep an eye on that.
As far as what Peres and Perotti will miss, here is Roma’s short-term docket for the next 15 days: Home vs Austria Wien (EL), Home vs Palermo (League), Away to Sassuolo, Away to Empoli and the reverse fixture against Austria Wien (EL) coming on November 3rd.
While we try not to tempt fate around here, that’s a pretty manageable two week stretch. During that span, look for Stephan El Shaarawy to grab most of Perotti’s minutes, though a slightly increased role for Francesco Totti and additional garbage time for Juan Iturbe aren’t out of the question.
Peres, meanwhile, presents a more sour pickle, as that will force either Juan Jesus into semi-permanent left back duty, which no one wants, or it presses Emerson Palmieri into service, which could be a disaster or a pleasant surprise; we simply don’t know enough about him yet.
While this will ultimately prove to be no more than a blip on the radar, it’s nonetheless another headache Roma can ill afford.