With another week before Roma play a competitive match, there is still time for the walking wounded to heal at Trigoria. In that regard, Roma have received some encouraging news. While it looks like the Udinese match next weekend is still at risk for some of Roma’s injured players, there seems to be some optimism for the following Tuesday’s Champions League match against Real Madrid.
Reports out of Trigoria seem to be favorable for both Captain Daniele De Rossi and Greek defender Kostas Manolas. De Rossi has been following a conservative therapy program to help alleviate the discomfort in his knee from the cyst on his meniscus. De Rossi should be on track to rejoin full practice in the coming week. Therefore, it’s a possibilty that he can be ready for Udinese on Saturday, but more likely that he’d feature against Los Blancos on Tuesday.
The same goes for Manolas. With the good news that the ankle sprain suffered while playing for Greece is mild, it’s expected that he should be ready to go for the pivotal match against Madrid. Like De Rossi, he may be ready for Udinese, but probably wouldn’t be risked. Keep in mind that Inter follows the Real match and EDF will want both players at his disposal for that six day stretch rather than risk either versus lowly Udinese; where Cristante and Juan Jesus should suffice.
Meanwhile, Javier Pastore is still surrounded by plenty of question marks. El Flaco returned to Trigoria yesterday after following a therapy program in Barcelona for his calf injury. It’s said that Roma will take a cautious approach with him; in hopes of a full recovery for the recurring issue. When he returns to action is anyone’s guess at this point.
Florenzi to Return Early
Roberto Mancini announced that he would be sending four players home early from Italy camp after Saturday’s match with Portugal. Mancini said that he’d be sending home Alessandro Florezi, Giorgio Chiellini, Lorenzo Insigne, and Jorghino, since they’ve logged a lot of minutes already this season. With the above mentioned players being known commodities at Coverciano, Mancini feels they’d be better served returning to their club teams. This will allow some fresh faces to get looks against the United States in Tuesday’s friendly.
Schick Wants Roma Stay
While away on international duty, Patrik Schick cleared up speculation about his future. Schick has found playing time difficult to come by at Roma and many rumors have arisen about a possible loan move away from the Italian capital.
Schick denied that he’d be leaving, saying, “The voices of the market are just speculation. I have a clear picture in my mind, I want to stay at Roma, respect the contract, and arrive at a high level.”
He continued by saying, “I’m happy to have scored my first goal and I know more chances will arrive. I’m still not at my best, having not played many minutes, I need to play more to improve.”