Yesterday's 1-1 draw against Fiorentina was a frustrating match marred by a pair of red cards handed to Nicola Zalewski and Romelu Lukaku. While these dismissals definitely dampened Roma's spirits, the real trauma occurred midway through the first half. With Roma determined to strengthen their grasp on fourth place, the Giallorossi turned to Dybala early and often in the match. Looking as lively as we've seen him in weeks, it took Dybala all of five minutes to set up Roma's first goal, a low cross to Lukaku in the box.
With Dybala dancing around the final third and Lukaku bullying the Fiorentina defense, Roma was poised to make quick work of the Viola, but it all came crashing down in the 25th minute. It would have been one thing had Dybala injured his left thigh trying to dribble through a maze of defenders or trying to pull off some stunning volley in the box, but the fact that he hurt himself attempting to make a tackle is a Roma Happened moment if we've ever seen one.
However, there is good news as we start the work week. According to Sky Sport, the initial prognosis, a strained flexor in his left thigh, will keep Dybala on the shelf for approximately a week to 10 days, meaning he will likely miss Thursday's Europa League fixture against FC Sheriff and Sunday's six-pointer against fifth place Bologna.
No Dybala and Lukaku (suspension) will put Mourinho in a pickle on Sunday, but this could have been much, much worse for Roma.