Friday December 6 2019
Dzeko out, Zaniolo False 9?

Reports suggest that Roma striker Edin Dzeko isn’t fit to play in tonight’s crunch game against Inter at San Siro, so Nicolò Zaniolo could be used as a False 9.

It kicks off at 19.45 GMT, click here for a match preview.

The Bosnian has been struggling with a high fever for most of the week, and earlier the Corriere dello Sport stated that the Roma No 9 might play the last 15-20 minutes of the game.

Interestingly, the Roman paper believes that coach Paulo Fonseca is contemplating using Zaniolo as a false nine rather than the alternative, Nikola Kalinic.

However, now Radio Tele Stereo report that Dzeko has indeed lost his battle to recover, and won’t play any part in tonight’s game.

Roma will utilise Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Diego Perotti as wingers, with Zaniolo playing through the middle.

Justin Kluivert, Javier Pastore, Federico Fazio, Davide Zappacosta and Bryan Cristante haven't made the trip.

The Giallorossi are also waiting on another problem, as goalkeeper Pau Lopez is in doubt with a musclar issue he sustained in this morning's training session.

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