Its looking like new season, same old issues for Roma on the injury front. The Giallorossi have again been hit hard this season by physical ailments and that only became more true this week. After learning that Lorenzo Pellegrini would miss two months with a broken foot, the news arrived on Tuesday that Henrikh Mkhitaryan would be out for three weeks with a muscle strain. Those two can be added to an injury list that includes Diego Perotti, Cengiz Ünder, and Mert Cetin.
Davide Zappacosta rejoined the group in training on Tuesday. However, it’s unlikely he will be able to contribute much, if at all on Thursday, after a long injury layoff. With that in mind, Paulo Fonseca will have limited options, especially in attack.
Starting in the back Pau Lopez is expected to again start in the Roma goal. Despite a strong showing together on Sunday from Gianluca Mancini and Chris Smalling, Federico Fazio and Juan Jesus are expected to to replace them. Along with Smalling and Mancini, Kolarov is also expected to be rested. That would mean Leonardo Spinazzola starting on the left and Alessandro Florenzi starting on the right.
In the midfield double pivot Jordan Veretout will likely be given a day off with Amadou Diawara pairing Bryan Cristante. In attack, what once seemed like an overabundance of options is now looking very thin with Pellegrini, Ünder, Perotti, and Mkhitaryan all out injured. With options limited Javier Pastore is expected to be given a go at trequartista. Flanking him will be Justin Kluivert on the left and Nicolò Zaniolo on the right. Lastly, it’s possible that Nikola Kalinic could be given his first Roma start in order to get Edin Dzeko some rest.
Probable Formations (According to EuroSport)
WOLFSBERGER (4-3-1-2): Kofler; Novak, Sollbauer, Rnic, Schmitz; Schmid, Leitgeb, Ritzmaier; Liendl; Weissman, Niangbo. Manager. Struber