NEWS
Tuesday February 20 2018
Probable line-ups: Shakhtar-Roma

Alessandro Florenzi remains a major doubt to start for Roma in their Champions League trip to Shakhtar Donetsk, but Cengiz Under might not play.

The first leg of the Round of 16 kicks off on Wednesday at 19.45 GMT.

Eusebio Di Francesco is without Maxime Gonalons, Rick Karsdorp and January signing Jonathan Silva.

The big question marks are around Florenzi, who was meant to be in today’s Press conference, but pulled out with a stomach bug.

He did not take part in training either and the Coach confirmed it would all depend on how he’s feeling tomorrow morning.

If Florenzi doesn’t make it, then Bruno Peres is expected to step in at right-back.

Cengiz Under has been the form player for Roma in recent weeks, contributing four goals and an assist in the last three Serie A games.

However, there are reports the 20-year-old Turkish talent could be benched in favour of Gerson, while Diego Perotti could get the nod ahead of Stephan El Shaarawy on the left.

The 4-2-3-1 formation remains intact, with Radja Nainggolan in a more advanced role supporting Edin Dzeko.

Shakhtar Donetsk had concerns over Bernard’s shoulder, but he took part in the full training session on Tuesday and is expected to start.

Darijo Srna is still suspended after failing a doping test, though he continues to plead his innocence, while midfielder Maksym Malyshev is injured.

Coach Paulo Fonseca already stated in his Press conference that Bohdan Butko will play at right-back.

There is a lot of Brazilian flair in the Shakhtar side, primarily in attack with Fred, Taison, Marlos, Bernard and Facundo Ferreyra.

The Ukrainians won all three of their home games in the group stage, beating Napoli, Feyenoord and Manchester City.

Probable line-ups

Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov; Butko, Ordets, Rakitskiy, Ismaily; Fred, Stepanenko; Taison, Bernard, Marlos; Ferreyra

Roma: Alisson; Bruno Peres, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov; De Rossi, Strootman; Gerson, Nainggolan, Perotti; Dzeko

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