Roma are back in action after a two week holiday hiatus. Despite the long layoff and plenty of R&R for many of the players, Roma will still carry a fairly lengthy injured list into this one. Bryan Cristante, Davide Santon, Justin Kluivert, Javier Pastore, and Davide Zappacosta all remain out.
Paulo Fonseca issued updates on two of them, Kluivert and Pastore, saying, “Kluivert has started training with the team again but needs another week - I’d rather not risk him. He could be ready after the Juventus game. Pastore has a bone oedema and it’s not easy to fix. He’s recovering but needs time.”
Meanwhile, Federico Fazio was also left off the match day roster for this one with an abductor issue.
With that in mind, there shouldn’t be many, if any, changes from the side that defeated Fiorentina in Roma’s last match a fortnight ago. The defense in front of Pau Lopez is expected to consist of Aleksandar Kolarov, Chris Smalling, Gianluca Mancini, and Alessandro Florenzi. Florenzi is currently projected to have a slight edge over Leonardo Spinazzola to retain his starting place.
With Cristante still sidelined, Fonseca will again turn to the double pivot of Amadou Diawara and Jordan Veretout. In front of them will be Lorenzo Pellegrini in the trequartista role. The Italian will be looking to maintain his sizzling pre-break form.
Flanking Pellegrini will be Nicoló Zaniolo on the right and likely Diego Perotti on the left. The Argentine is currently being tipped over Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Lastly, rounding out the starting XI will be Edin Dzeko as the lone striker.