Tuesday July 15 2014
Roma begin preseason plans

Roma’s players are reporting in on Tuesday for the start of their preseason work at Trigoria, before a tour of the United States.

The Giallorossi’s players not involved at the World Cup are arriving at the club’s training facilities this morning ahead of a first day’s preparation for the 2014-15 campaign.

Francesco Totti was one of the first to arrive, alongside Lukasz Skorupski and Bogdan Lobont, closely followed by Mattia Destro.

New arrival Ashley Cole has also checked in and commented: “It will be a great season for the team.”

Federico Balzaretti turned up soon after and told Roma Channel on his condition: “I’m still so and so, unfortunately not that great. I hope to feel good, a hug and thank you to the fans. Hopefully we will have a good season.”

Kevin Strootman also turned up, as he continues his recovery from a serious knee injury suffered in March. Shortly afterwards, the club released a medical update on his condition.

“Kevin Strootman underwent a check-up and biomechanical assessments under the supervision of professor Cerulli in Arezzo today. The tests confirmed that the midfielder is making good progress with his recovery program.”

Meanwhile, on display to greet the players was one banner in support of Mehdi Benatia, calling for him to stay with the Giallorossi: ‘Benatia continues to honour the shirt. Roma loves you and forgives you’.

The reputed Manchester City target reported in for training today.

Roma are scheduled to work at Trigoria for the week before flying out to America from July 21 to begin a preseason tour of the States.