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Probable Formations: Roma vs Torino

The Giallorossi are slowly getting back all of their pieces, but there won’t be too many changes from Sunday’s win at Bologna.

AS Roma v Parma Calcio 1913 - Serie A Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images

After suffering through a few lean weeks, Paulo Fonseca is finally starting to face some choices when he fills out the line-up card. Just a few weeks ago, Roma were bare-bones on defense, but now Fonseca has the entire rearguard at his disposal.

Fonseca: “Gianluca Mancini is fit and available for tomorrow - as is Chris Smalling. Kumbulla is okay as well, there was no strain. We’ll see who plays tomorrow.”

With the return of Mancini and Kumbulla escaping injury, Roma will only be without three players. Bryan Cristante is out for this one due to his one-match suspension for blasphemous language. Meanwhile, long-term absentees Nicolò Zaniolo and Javier Pastore remain out.

With Cristante suspended and Pedro returning from suspension, we should see at least a few changes from Sunday’s match in Bologna. Additionally, it seems as if Karsdorp and likely Kumbulla could be rested during this busy stretch.

With Mancini’s return, I would expect him and Roger Ibañez to flank Smalling in the back three. In net, Antonio Mirante missed out on the last match with a minor hand issue but was on the bench. Fonseca confirmed Mirante is healed in his presser, but Pau Lopez is in line for another start.

I would expect Bruno Peres to start at right wing-back after Fonseca’s comments on Karsdorp. Meanwhile, Leonardo Spinazzola should start again on the left. It seems as if Lorenzo Pellegrini should slide back into central midfield for this one alongside Jordan Veretout.

Moving forward, Pedro should regain his starting place alongside Henrikh Mkhitaryan. That pair should be in support of lone striker Edin Dzeko.

CDT Projected XI v Torino