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Roma midfielders Kevin Strootman and Diego Perotti in race to be fit

  • Kevin Strootman and Diego Perotti were both injured in game against Liverpool 
  • Strootman and Perotti are both unavailable for the Serie A match against Chievo 
  • Both are unlikely to feature in the second leg against Liverpool as it stands 
  • Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco is remaining positive ahead of the clash 

Kevin Strootman and Diego Perotti are in a race to return to full fitness ahead of the second leg of Roma’s Champions League semi-final against Liverpool next week.

The pair sustained their injuries in the 5-2 defeat by Jurgen Klopp’s side in the first leg at Anfield on Tuesday.

Strootman was left with bruised ribs while Perotti sprained his left ankle.

Kevin Strootman is struggling with bruised ribs after the first leg against Liverpool at Anfield

Diego Perotti picked up a strained left ankle in the 5-2 thrashing on Tuesday night

Diego Perotti picked up a strained left ankle in the 5-2 thrashing on Tuesday night

Both will miss Roma’s Serie A fixture at home to Chievo on Saturday afternoon.

They will be assessed over the weekend and be given the opportunity to prove their fitness ahead of the second leg on Wednesday at the Stadio Olimpico.

The task of overturning a three-goal deficit without them in the side will only make matters more difficult yet manager Eusebio Di Francesco is staying positive. 

Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco is staying positive despite having lost the first leg 5-2

Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco is staying positive despite having lost the first leg 5-2

‘This tie is still alive,’ Di Francesco said. ‘We let in four at the Camp Nou and here we let in five – it could have been even more at one stage.

‘But hope is still there. We don’t need miracles, we just need to believe in what we do against a quality team. Our fans will be behind us, supporting throughout.’   

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