Italy are expected to use a 4-3-3 formation in the Nations League showdown with Portugal, starting Ciro Immobile, Federico Chiesa and Lorenzo Insigne.
Roma star Javier Pastore has flown to Barcelona for a specialist consultation on his recurring calf injury.
Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco has urged Patrik Schick ‘not to stop now’ after the striker scored his first goal of the season against Sampdoria.
Italy CT Roberto Mancini says Stephan El Shaarawy will be recalled ‘if he keeps doing well’ and that Andrea Belotti ‘can do much more’.
Eusebio Di Francesco is “in total agreement” with Carlo Ancelotti about the verbal abuse players and Coaches suffer in Italian stadiums.
Javier Pastore admits his Roma career has been “held back by a series of injuries” but “I’m trying to return as soon as possible”.
It’s expected there will be a summit between Serie A referees and Coaches, due to a series of controversial VAR incidents.
Eusebio Di Francesco saw improvements throughout the Roma squad after their 4-1 win over Sampdoria and thinks he has found Patrik Schick’s role.
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Stephan El Shaarawy bagged a brace with Juan Jesus and Patrik Schick, as Roma sent Sampdoria crashing to a third straight defeat.
Check the official line-ups for this afternoon’s Serie A games Roma v Sampdoria, Chievo v Bologna and Empoli v Udinese.
Roma give Patrik Schick a rare start against his old club Sampdoria with support from Justin Kluivert, Stephan El Shaarawy and Bryan Cristante.
Marco Giampaolo demands Sampdoria “maintain our own identity” against Roma and has harsh words for Jakub Jankto.
Eusebio Di Francesco wants more consistency from Roma, but confirmed Patrik Schick and Juan Jesus will start against Sampdoria.
Roma striker Patrik Schick could be on his way out in January, with Sevilla, Valladolid and Arsenal showing interest, potentially in a swap with Aaron Ramsey.
Gregoire Defrel’s agent insists the Sampdoria forward was ‘unlucky’ at Roma but is now at ‘the right club’.
Juan Jesus warns Roma “can’t settle for ninth place” and “the clock is ticking”, while Patrik Schick must “try to have a stronger character”.
Roma could reportedly rest Edin Dzeko against Sampdoria, giving an opportunity to Patrik Schick.
Olympique Marseille are out of the Europa League and Coach Rudi Garcia called the defeat to Lazio “cruel and undeserved.”
Sampdoria forward Gregoire Defrel admits it’s “strange” to be playing against parent club Roma, but aims “to show what I can do”.