Roma will remain undermanned for the first game of the Europa League group stage against Sheriff Tiraspol. Lorenzo Pellegrini and Chris Smalling will most likely stay on the mend due to their muscular injuries, even though they practiced somewhat regularly on Tuesday, TuttoSport informs.
Their absence wasn’t felt in the past Serie A game, as they breezed past Empoli, piling seven goals on the spiraling opponents.
Pellegrini and Smalling might be ready for the following Serie A match versus Torino. They’ll undergo further assessments after the fixture against the Moldavian outfit. Roma have occasionally brought unavailable players to the bench in the past season. That might happen again with the pair on Thursday.
The Giallorossi should welcome back Houssem Aouar. He was a late scratch for the Empoli tilt but returned to full training ahead of the continental fixture.
According to FootballNews24, Mourinho is thinking about resting key players considering the upcoming busy stretch. Mile Svilar might relieve Rui Patricio on goal. Paulo Dybala and Renato Sanches will likely begin on the bench since they just returned from injury. Andrea Belotti and Edoardo Bove are first in line to replace them.
Nicola Zalewski will probably get the nod over Leonardo Spinazzola on the left wing. Rasmus Kristensen and Serdar Azmoun didn’t make the UEFA list for technical reasons. Zeki Celik or Rick Karsdorp will play on the right as Roma start their Europa League journey.
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