Roma Injured Star Set to Return, Italy Lose Key Pair

Paulo Dybala is improving and is likely to be present against Empoli after the break. He didn’t leave for international duties due to an adductor problem that forced him to miss the Milan clash. La Joya trained almost fully on Thursday. He has more than a week to heal fully and improve his conditioning, Corriere dello Sport informs.

The attacker is set for a progressive ramp-up to be ready to start against Empoli. He and the Giallorossi are eager to see him team up with Romelu Lukaku, as the pairing will determine most of their fortunes this season. The striker has been called up for Belgium despite his suboptimal summer.

Dybala has played just 68 minutes in the first 3 games since he was suspended for the opener and picked up an injury in the second half of the Verona tilt. Despite their offensive woes and poor results, the Giallorossi have bagged four goals so far.

Sardar Azmoun, who was out in the past fixture too due to a previous calf problem, is on his way back as well. Like Dybala, he’ll be an option for the next Serie A match against Empoli. Instead, Lorenzo Pellegrini is heading back to Rome as Italy excused him and Federico Chiesa due to adductor problems. They will miss the Euro qualifiers against North Macedonia and Ukraine. They’ll take further tests once they report to their teams.

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