NEWS
Tuesday January 6 2015
Roma start Iturbe, Strootman

Roma face Udinese with Kevin Strootman and Juan Iturbe entrusted again with starters' shirts, and the attack to be spearheaded by Francesco Totti.

The Giallorossi are looking to make good the three-point distance with Juventus ahead of the latter's challenging clash against Inter tonight.

Strootman will be back in the midfield, replacing Radja Nainggolan. The Dutchman missed out on the whole first half of the season out of injury but is back for a second start of the season.

Iturbe is given another chance to prove his worth, alongside Totti and Adem Ljajic, while Davide Astori replaces Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in central defence as the latter struggles with flu.

No surprises for Udinese, who again field Antonio Di Natale up front supported by Alexandre Geijo behind him in a 3-5-1-1.

Udinese: Karnezis; Danilo, Domizzi, Piris, Widmer, Guilherme, Allan, Kone, Gabriel Silva, Di Natale, Geijo

Roma: De Sanctis; Maicon, Manolas, Astori, Holebas; Pjanic, De Rossi, Strootman; Iturbe, Totti, Ljajic

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