Sunday January 9 2011
Pazzini illness gives Macheda start?

Federico Macheda could get his first start for Sampdoria against Roma today, especially as Giampaolo Pazzini is struggling with illness.

Macheda's international transfer from Manchester United finally came through on Saturday, so he is available to play in the 11.30 UK time kick-off.

The Under-21 international has chosen shirt number 41 and could well start today due to a lack of alternatives.

It is set to be a special game for Macheda anyway, as he is Roman and grew up in the Lazio youth academy.

Antonio Cassano has left for Milan, while Pazzini has not trained for the last two days due to flu symptoms.

Franco Semioli, Fabrizio Cacciatore and Marco Padalino are also unavailable for the Blucerchiati.

The pressure is growing on Samp following their 3-0 defeat at Palermo on Thursday and it's reported another setback will see Coach Mimmo Di Carlo axed.

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