Roma manager Eusebio De Francesco has in a media conference today confirmed that key player Kevin Strootman may play no part for the club in their crunch return leg UCL semi-final encounter against Premier League side Liverpool at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday night.
Liverpool travel to face Roma with a three-goal advantage having won the first leg 5:2 at Anfield and will be looking to secure a place in the finals, although there is the small problem of the Stadio Olimpico that has been the bane of some high profile clubs in this season’s UCL competition.
Roma will surely gather inspiration from their 3 nil win against Barcelona against all odds that saw them through to this stage of the competition. However, they’ll also have to be at their very defensive best to keep out the trio of Firmino, Mane, and former player Salah.
Di Francesco confirmed that the Dutch midfielder might miss the game due to an injury as quoted by Calcio Mercato, and this could pass for a major blow to the Roma side as the Dutchman has been instrumental in their quest to impress in this season’s UEFA Champions League thus far.
“As for injury news, unfortunately it’s hard to see Kevin Strootman being involved.”
Strootman has made 42 appearances for Roma in all competitions this season. However, Liverpool will be thrilled if the player plays no part in tomorrow’s fireworks clash.