After winning back-to-back matches 3-0, things are looking up for Roma, doubly so now that many of the injured players are back to full training. With the club’s recent success and a healthier roster, Paulo Fonseca will have to try and incorporate some turnover without losing the continuity that the team has found in recent weeks. With that in mind, the Roma CT isn’t expect to rotate too much on Sunday at Hellas Verona.
As Roma travel north, the Giallorossi will certainly be without long-term absentees Davide Zappacosta and Bryan Cristante, as well as reserve keeper Antonio Mirante. Meanwhile, the status of both Alessandro Florenzi and Javier Pastore are up in the air heading into the weekend— Florenzi is available, Pastore is not. Also out for this one will be Nicolò Zaniolo due to yellow card suspension.
With Pastore out and Henrikh Mkitaryan and Nikola Kalinic still working their way back to full fitness, don’t expect too many changes from Thursday’s side in Istanbul. One of the two changes is expected to be at right back where Leonardo Spinazzola should step in for Davide Santon. Although Fonseca left it wide open in regards to who will start there.
“At right-back I have three options: Spinazzola and Santon played on Thursday, but Florenzi did well against Brescia too.”-Fonseca
The rest of the defense in front of Pau Lopez will again consist of Gianluca Mancini, Chris Smalling, and Aleksandar Kolarov.
Moving into the midfield, Jordan Veretout and Amadou Diawara will again form the double pivot. Another of Roma’s two anticipated changes will be in the attack. With Zaniolo suspended, Cengiz Ünder is expected to start at right wing with Justin Kluivert on the opposite flank. Rounding out the XI will be Lorenzo Pellegrini in the hole behind Edin Dzeko.