Roma continued its solid run of form, albeit against a Lega Pro side, in the Coppa Italia on Monday. The victory was full of good news, especially for some of the Giallorossi’s more maligned players. Rick Karsdorp played 90 solid minutes without getting hurt: good news. Javier Pastore found the back of the net: better news. Patrick Schick had two goals and an assist: great news.
However, perhaps lost in all of the positives was the negative news of the day. More injuries. Yes, you read that right, more injuries. Injuries have plagued the squad for well over two months now and just when it seemed like EDF would finally have a full pack of wolves at his disposal, things have gone from better to worse in the trainer’s room.
Heading into Monday’s match, Roma was without Kostas Manolas, Daniele De Rossi, and Steven N’Zonzi due to injury. In addition, Stephan El Shaarawy and Alessandro Florenzi were bit by flu-like symptoms. Unfortunately, that list grew a bit longer pregame.
Diego Perotti was slated to captain the side for the first time. That is before he pulled up in warmups. Perotti tweaked his calf pre-match and was forced to pull out of the starting XI before he ever got to wear the armband. Calciomercato is reporting that Perotti’s fourth injury in the last six months will likely keep him out for “at least fifteen days”.
Meanwhile, just ten minutes into the match Juan Jesus, who was starting in place of the injured Manolas, with a knee issue. JJ was stretchered off with a heavily bandaged knee and replaced by Ivan Marcano. Post match, JJ was seen leaving the Olimpico on crutches. He was evaluated on Tuesday and determined to have damaged cartilage in his right knee. Reports state that he’s currently projected to be out for at least a month, but will undergo further tests after a few days rest. On Tuesday, Juan Jesus issued a tweet stating that the injury wasn’t serious. It’ll be interesting to see if these injuries have any impact on Monchi’s transfer strategy.