Clash Between Inter and Roma Loses Pair of Protagonists

Inter and Roma won’t have at least a couple of their main characters as they lock horns on October 1st. Marcelo Brozovic is the first Serie A player to earn a suspension for yellow-card accumulation. He has already been booked five times and will have to watch the game from the stands. Considering how strict the sports judge has been so far, José Mourinho won’t be on the bench after getting expelled for protesting too vehemently versus Atalanta.

In addition, the Giallorossi are holding their breath concerning the status of two linchpins, Corriere dello Sport reports. Paulo Dybala was a late scratch Sunday because he picked up an ailment warming up. He felt discomfort in his left thigh. The club preferred being careful and excluded him from the squad list altogether. Moreover, the Special One revealed that Lorenzo Pellegrini played through a flexor issue in the second half. He didn’t want to come out because they were trailing.

The two stars will take tests while away from the team to determine the severity of their muscular injuries. There’s optimism they aren’t severe enough to rule them out for Inter-Roma already, but they might skip international duties. The guests won’t have Rick Karsdorp, who tore a meniscus in his left knee against HJK and will get surgery in Saint-Moritz. He will miss about a month and a half.

The Nerazzurri will welcome Romelu Lukaku back for the pivotal clash. Instead, it’s not certain Hakan Calhanoglu will be able to shake off a thigh injury during the break. The midfield would be two key pieces short if he didn’t recover. It would be a big problem considering that they haven’t properly integrated Kristjan Asllani yet.

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