Friday April 3 2015
Balzaretti returns to Roma squad

Federico Balzaretti could make his first appearance for Roma since November 2013 after being named in Rudi Garcia’s squad.

The Giallorossi welcome Napoli to the eternal city tomorrow in a crucial match in the battle for the Champions League, and the former Torino man could is part of the 23.

The full-back featured for the Primavera side this afternoon, and has spoken of his joy at finally returning to action after a pelvic injury which threatened to end his career.

“I’m excited, it’s nice to return to the pitch after a year and a half, even if it’s only a Primavera game,” Balzaretti told Roma Radio after the match.

“It’s only a small step toward returning to the levels I was at before. The minimum goal was to return, now I want to get back the level I was at before.

“Joining back up with the squad was the most important thing, because when being with them is what you’re used to it’s hard to stand apart and work by yourself.

“To be back with them is like a drug which you missed when you didn’t have it.

“The call-up? The Coach gave me this gift, I want to thank him, because to be called after just a week with the squad is something really nice.”

Roma squad to face Napoli: Astori, Balzaretti, Holebas, Cole, De Rossi, De Sanctis, Doumbia, Florenzi, Ibarbo, Iturbe, Ljajic, Lobont, Manolas, Yanga-Mbiwa, Nainggolan, Paredes, Pellegrini, Pjanic, Skorupski, Spolli, Torosidis, Verde.

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