Roma Top Defender Making His Presence Felt on Offense

Chris Smalling once again hit the net in the Lecce game, opening the scoring early with a towering header. He has already bagged three goals in nine Serie A matches. Among the ten best-ranked European leagues, the only other defender to find the target so frequently has been Austria Klagenfurt’s Nicolas Wimmer, La Repubblica informs.

Despite his excellent showings, the veteran has been extensively snubbed by England’s coach Gareth Southgate since he left the Premier League. His last cap with the Three Lions dates back to 2017. José Mourinho underlined the paradox in a recent presser. Even though the center-back has been outstanding during his time in the Italian capital, he has basically no shot of being part of the World Cup squad.

Considering the offensive woes of his teammates, Smalling is currently the second most prolific player on the Roma roster. The leader is Paulo Dybala, with five goals. La Joya will have to wait a little longer to learn the full diagnosis of his thigh injury. Given the swelling, the medical staff has postponed the exams to Tuesday, La Gazzetta dello Sport informs.

While the Argentine is going to miss time, there’s cautious optimism the strain might not be too severe despite the early concern. He might be out for a month or slightly less. The attacker will want to return on the pitch as soon as possible to boost his 2022 Qatar chances.

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