Roma have suffered further setbacks as they prepare for their Champions League encounter with Chelsea at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday.
After a thrilling 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge last week, Chelsea visit the Italian capital in the reverse fixture hoping for another positive result.
While the Italian giants currently trail the Blues by two points in Group C, a win for the hosts in the Italian capital would really shake up the standings especially if Atletico Madrid claim a win over Qarabag.
Emerson Palmieri and Kostas Manolas were key absentees in the first meeting between the two sides, but the list of injured players has grown longer since their last meeting.
As noted by Calciomercato, not only did summer signing Rick Karsdorp suffer a torn ACL on his return to action, but both Gregoire Defrel and Bruno Peres limped off in the 1-0 win over Bologna on Saturday night.
Diego Perotti will likely start against Chelsea so Defrel’s injury isn’t too damaging, but losing Peres is a setback with his energy and pace at right-back a big loss.
Di Francesco will have his work cut out to cope with the losses, as his squad depth is undoubtedly set to be tested in the coming weeks. As for Chelsea though, Antonio Conte will surely be buoyed by their troubles as ultimately he’ll want to enjoy a winning return to his homeland.
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