Roma has begun to slowly welcome back some of its walking wounded, so the injury crisis isn’t near the catastrophic levels that it was a few weeks ago when the Giallorossi last met Gladbach. However, squad depth is still lacking and many of the returning players are still not back to full fitness. With that in mind, don’t expect much turnover from the XI that we’ve seen in recent weeks. Something that was confirmed by Fonseca in his press conference.
“With so many games it’s important to be able to rotate players but right now I can’t change many. That’s the way it is. If I had the option of rotating tomorrow, I would, but I can’t at the moment.”
Roma do welcome back Amadou Diawara to the match day squad for this one; he will likely be available in a limited role off the bench, if needed. The same probably goes for Cengiz Ünder, who only rejoined the team last week. Missing this one will be Leonardo Spinazzola with muscle fatigue, along with the usual long-term absentees.
Three changes are expected from the XI that beat Napoli on Saturday. Federico Fazio will return to partner Chris Smalling in the heart of defense. Meanwhile, Diego Perotti is expected to spell Justin Kluivert for this one. Lastly, Alessandro Florenzi is expected to replace Spinazzola, although Fonseca was non-committal on his captain, who hasn’t started a match since October 20th.
“He’s ready to play tomorrow. I never talk about the conversations I have with my players but Florenzi can play in various positions. We’ll see tomorrow if he plays or not.”