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Roma Dealt Kluivert Injury Blow

The Dutchman looks doubtful for Sunday’s match in Genoa.

AS Roma v Cagliari - Serie A Photo by Giampiero Sposito/Getty Images

Just when it looked like things were improving on the injury front, Roma were dealt another blow. This time around Roma will likely have to deal with the absence of Justin Kluivert for Sunday’s match against Genoa at the Marassi. Kluivert pulled up slightly toward the end of Saturday’s match against Cagliari and wasn’t a participant in Tuesday’s training session.

Kluivert underwent exams and it was determined that he has a strain to his right adductor muscle. The 19 year old Dutchman, who struggled to find consistent minutes under former coach Eusebio Di Francesco, has made himself an important part to the team’s recent success under Claudio Ranieri. Under Ranieri, Kluivert has begun to play his best football of the season. He’s participated in seven of the eight matches with the Roman in charge; highlighted by a Man of the Match quality performance this past weekend.

Kluivert underwent physical therapy on Tuesday and his availability will be determined later in the week as his progress is monitored. If he’s unable to play against the Grifoni on Sunday then he will likely he replaced by either Nicolò Zaniolo or Cengiz Ünder on the right side of attack.

Whatever the extent of the injury, the team will hope that it doesn’t keep him out long as i Lupi continue to make a late push for the final Champions League place.