Giampiero Ventura can only laugh bitterly as the Bari injury crisis intensifies for the meeting with Roma.
When told that Mirko Vucinic, Adriano, Julio Sergio, Simone Perrotta and the suspended Daniele De Rossi, the Coach was unimpressed.
“Oh right, so that means we must absolutely thump them, then!” joked Ventura.
That absentee list pales in comparison to the Galletti, who have a total of 10 players unavailable for the trip to the Olimpico.
Sergio Almiron, Edgar Alvarez and Nicola Belmonte were late additions to the injury list, joining Salvatore Masiello, Paulo Vitor Barreto, Abdel Ghezzal, Alessandro Parisi, Nacho Castillo, Vitalii Kutuzov and the suspended Marco Rossi.
It is likely that in these conditions Luigi Rana will be the centre-forward with support from Emanuel Rivas and Marco D'Alessandro.
“I'd rather that Vucinic had been fit for Roma, as it means Francesco Totti will start and last season he scored a hat-trick against us,” continued Ventura.
There are several Giallorossi youth products in the Bari side, including D'Alessandro and defender Gianluca Galasso.
“D'Alessandro is very young, but already has plenty of experience playing in Serie B. We cannot expect everything from him straight away. Once Marco understands what it means to play in Serie A, then he'll become great.
“I have always been interested in the Roma youth academy. It will be a real pleasure to see Leandro Greco again, as I had him with me in Verona and Pisa, where I also had Alessio Cerci.
“I am now interested in bringing Stefano Okaka to Bari, as he has great potential.”