Sunday February 25 2018
El Shaarawy back for Roma?

Stephan El Shaarawy could return for Roma as they face Milan looking to bounce back from their Champions League defeat in midweek.

Eusebio Di Francesco’s team went down to a 2-1 defeat in Ukraine against Shakhtar Donetsk but there is no let up as they face a tough battle with Inter and Lazio to qualify for next season’s competition.

21-year-old midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini is in line to come back into the Giallorossi starting eleven, replacing veteran captain Daniele De Rossi.

In form forward Cengiz Under will keep his place and will line up alongside Edin Dzeko, El Shaarawy and Radja Nainggolan in the Roma attack at the Stadio Olimpico. Partik Schick is only given an outside chance of featuring.

Milan arrive in Rome still unbeaten in 2018 and fresh from progression to the Europa League last 16.

The main question for Coach Rino Gattuso is set to be who starts up front out of Nikola Kalinic and Patrick Cutrone, with the latter the slight favourite to do so.

Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu are almost certain to line up either side as the Rossoneri deply their usual 4-3-3 formation.

Franck Kessie comes back into the starting eleven and should take his place alongside Giacomo Bonaventura and Lucas Biglia in midfield.

Milan are nine points behind their opponents at the start of today’s play.

Probable Line-ups (from Gazzetta dello Sport)

Roma: Alisson, Florenzi, Manolas, Juan Jesus, Kolarov, Pellegrini, Strootman, Under, Nainggolan, Dzeko, El Shaarawy

Milan: Donnarumma, Calabria, Bonucci, Romagnoli, Rodriguez, Kessie, Biglia, Bonaventura, Suso, Cutrone, Calhanoglu

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