I think it's fair to say that Roma fans can be known as an emotional bunch. Players can swing from heroes to goats in the blink of an eye and the team can shift from world class to shit as quickly as breath vanishes from your lungs. I’m sure we're not alone on this spectrum, but it is certainly not a stretch to say Roma fans can exist at extremes. However, there is one area in which our emotional fragility is justified: injuries.
As we discussed late last week in the wake of Davide Zappacosta's ACL injury, Roma tend to run hot when it comes to catastrophic knee injuries, racking up 15 ACL tears over the past five years. Now, the reason behind this trend remains a mystery, but it is a trend nonetheless. This. Cannot. Be. Normal.
So, when Amadou Diawara fell into a crumpled heap this afternoon, clutching his knee in agony, you were probably right to fear the worst. It looked bad. Season-ending bad. We've seen that pose, that face, and heard those screams of agony before. Many times.
However, it appears as though our fears have been averted, slightly:
Diawara avoids ACL tear, suffers meniscus tear https://t.co/9lqz21hDlC— RomaPress (@ASRomaPress) October 6, 2019
According to our friends at RomaPress, via sources close to the midfielder, Diawara has not damaged his ACL but has suffered a torn meniscus; an injury with a far shorter recovery time. While we await official word from the club, we can expect Diawara to miss at least six weeks, and potentially more depending on the extent of the tear and the subsequent repair.
Not good news, but far from the cataclysm we feared earlier today. Without Diawara, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in midfield, it's all hands on deck for Paulo Fonseca. Jordan Veretout, Bryan Cristante, Nicolo Zaniolo and even Mirko Antonucci will each have to log heavy minutes until Roma's injury woes subside.
Hurry back, Amadou!