Tuesday February 8 2011
De Rossi to drop into defence?

Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi could start in defence when his side face Napoli this weekend.

Claudio Ranieri has a bit of a dilemma on his hands as suspensions have ravaged his backline.

Nicolas Burdisso and Philippe Mexes are both banned for the encounter, though Roma have appealed against the latter's punishment.

Il Corriere claims Ranieri is unconvinced by Burdisso's brother Guillermo and his teammate Simone Loria as prospective partners for Juan in such a big game.

Therefore he is said to be considering dropping De Rossi back to make use of his experience and ability to play out of defence.

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