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Injury Updates Ahead of Chelsea Clash

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As expected there is a mix of good and bad news out of Sunday’s training ahead of the trip to London.

Benevento Calcio v AS Roma - Serie A Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images

Injury reports out of the capital this morning include some good and bad news.

The Good

Kevin Strootman trained with first team group and is expected to be ready to go and likely start vs Chelsea. This will be a big boost for Roma in the center off the park. This means they will have their full compliment of midfielders ready to go.

It was also reported that Emerson Palmieri trained with the group as he continues to target a November return from his knee injury. This is a good sign as Roma have been thin out wide on defense all season which has forced Kolarov to play every game at LB thus far. His eventual return will add some needed depth.

The Bad

After he left the field injured yesterday Kostas Manolas will be out on Wednesday, as expected. This likely means a center back pairing of Fazio and Juan Jesus against Chelsea. Manolas had therapy done on his injured groin on Sunday. We continue to await word on just how serious the groin strain is. We will hope for the best and a speedy recovery for the Greek.

Meanwhile, both Stephan El Shaarawy and Patrick Schick trained separately from the group. With only two more days of training before the Chelsea clash it is likely that one or both will not be fit for the trip to London. This will again leave Di Francesco few options in the attack yet again.