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Injury Updates: Mkhitaryan to Return, Diawara Surgery Considered

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It's the Roma way: When one player is healthy another gets hurt.

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If you're a child of the 1980s, you likely remember the twins Tomax and Xamot of G.I. Joe fame. These twins, commanders of the Crimson Guard (the ultra elite wing of Cobra, G.I. Joe's arch nemesis in the series) had an empathetic bond, which allowed them to communicate telepathically, finish each other's sentences and speak in unison. The down side of this Corsican Syndrome was that when one brother was hurt, the other could feel his pain. In other words, if Sgt. Slaughter shot Tomax, Xamot would feel the same pain and share the same reactions. The 80s were a confusing time—the hair, the spandex, the geo-politics, the giant 3-liter bottles of soda.

How does this relate to football? Glad you asked...

Roma seem to have an inverse relationship to Tomax and Xamot, in that when one player gets healthy, another gets hurt. Case in point: earlier today the Corriere dello Sport reported that Henrikh Mkhitaryan has (or soon will) return to full training following a near month-long absence due to a thigh strain, and could be called up for Friday's match against Bologna.

Mkhitaryan’s return could be quite fortuitous, too. With Lorenzo Pellegrini suspended for the Bologna match, Mkhitaryan could very well start and play the full 90 minutes. However, going back to our G.I. Joe conversation, one man's good fortune necessitates bad news for another. While the club has yet to announce anything official, the CdS reports that Amadou Diawara has suffered a setback in his recovery from his most recent meniscus injury.

You may recall that Diawara re-injured the meniscus in his left knee during Roma's 3-1 defeat to Juventus in the Quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia two weeks ago. In the days following that match, the club chose to take a conservative route with Diawara's recovery, preferring rehabilitation over surgery.

However, according to the CdS, his rehab hasn't gone as well as they'd hoped, to the point that surgery may now be the preferred option, as delaying the procedure could potentially cause harm to the cartilage in his left knee.

While the club has yet to confirm any of this, a second surgery to the same tissue would effectively put an end to Diawara’s season, as he'd need roughly three months to recovery from the procedure.

We'll pass along updates as they become available, but the early returns on Roma's post-Diawara life haven't been encouraging.