Roma Finally Receive Positive News from the Infirmary

Roma are slated to have a couple more reinforcements, on top of Tommaso Baldanzi who joined from Empoli, as Renato Sanches and Chris Smalling are feeling better after missing plenty of time due to injury. Despite the speculations, the Portuguese midfielder didn’t switch sides in January. His agent and PSG didn’t find another taker.

According to La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, both players trained fully on Thursday. The loanee could be called up for Monday’s match versus Cagliari. The former Manchester United staple has earmarked the Inter clash a week later for his potential return. There’s optimism that will indeed be the case. He won’t play much at first, though.

Renato Sanches has been out for a month due to an ankle injury, while Smalling has been sidelined since September due to a patellar tendon injury. He has logged just three appearances this season.

Roma parted ways with Marash Kumbulla and Andrea Belotti down the stretch, but not with Zeki Celik. Olympique Marseille and Galatasaray chased after him but didn’t come to terms with the Giallorossi. While Angelino is a lock to make their UEFA list, they’ll have to pick two between Rasmus Kristensen, Sardar Azmoun, and Baldanzi. Some FFP-related matters are at stake too for the newcomer.

Our Take on Smalling and Renato Sanches

It’s peculiar how a lot of some lingering issues and murky situations suddenly improve after a coaching change, especially if it’s a major one.

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