Roma’s macabre injury curse strikes again: from Emerson to Luca Pellegrini

Pagine Romaniste (Alessio Nardo) The umpteenth “buona fortuna”, another “good luck and come back stronger than before” to add to the list. It’s becoming an almost macabre collection. Sad, gloomy, irritating and tiresome. This time it’s Luca Pellegrini, born in 1999, perhaps the most promising member of Alberto De Rossi’s Primavera side. A young left back with great stamina and quality. Who also has great personality. His dreams of what might have been this summer were shattered during a tedious and irritable friendly against the Czech side FC Slovacko. A torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. A prognosis that has become ominously habitual.

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Inter looking to raid Roma after appointing Luciano Spalletti

La Gazzetta dello Sport (Andrea Pugliese, Luca Taidelli) Inter are aiming to ‘Romanise’ themselves. After appointing the ex-Giallorossi Sabatini and Spalletti, the Nerazzurri hierarchy are now looking at some of Roma’s top players. In truth, their interest predates their appointment of the Certaldo-born coach. Because Nainggolan, Rudiger and Strootman (not to mention the youngster Marchizza and director Massara) are players who any club would be interested in. For now, Ausilio and Sabatini are simply observing as they make their plans for next season. The two clubs have a shared problem of having to balance their books by the end of June to keep in line with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules. After that, Inter will be able to let themselves loose thanks to the resources made available to them by Suning. Rudiger has already been highly praised by Sabatini (“a magnificent player”), who brought him to the capital 2 years ago. There won’t be a problem in reaching an agreement with the player, but they need €30 million in order for Roma to balance their accounts. However things seem to be progressing, as they are for Nice’s left back Dalbert.

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Roma’s late rally not enough to avoid defeat to Napoli

Corriere dello Sport (Alberto Polverosi) Napoli won with another fantastic brace from Mertens and now the race for second place has opened up again, but the race for the title is now almost certainly over after yesterday’s game. Roma will fall 10 points behind Juve, if the reigning champions win in Udine. While the league table might now be a bit more of a cause for concern, as are the 3 consecutive defeats at the Olimpico in 3 different competitions, more pressing for Spalletti are some bitter reflections on his team’s mistakes (as well as his own), on the declining physical condition of his team and on their inability to react to things going wrong, both from one game to the next and within the 90 minutes themselves.

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Roma quietly confident of overturning Kevin Strootman’s suspension

Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) Roma’s grounds for appeal have been considered admissible, and their appeal will be heard at 10am tomorrow [9am UK time] at the court of appeal for sports on via Campania. General director Mauro Baldissoni and lawyer Antonio Conte (an expert on sports law, who drafted the letter of appeal) will represent the Giallorossi, and Kevin Strootman, who will be in Bucharest tonight for Roma’s final Europa League game against Astra Giurgiu, will probably be there as well.

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