Roma coach Jose Mourinho confirmed both Tammy Abraham and Nicolò Zaniolo will start against Zorya Luhansk in the important Europa Conference League match.
The Giallorossi coach stressed it’s a fundamental match for the home side at the Olimpico tonight and wants to secure a place in the knockout stages of the competition.
The Portuguese tactician seems set to continue with a back-three, even if Matias Vina is back in the squad for the European match.
The medical staff don’t want to put too much pressure on the Uruguayan left-back, and Stephan El Shaarawy seems set to start at left.
Jose Mourinho explained he was surprised by El Shaarawy’s performance against Genoa and is not afraid to give him another chance at left this time.
Chris Smalling should be in the starting XI on Thursday night, with Gianluca Mancini and Marash Kumbulla completing the trident at the back.
Jordan Veretout as well, as he is suspended for the championship, while Abraham and Zaniolo were confirmed at the press conference yesterday.
Roma are second in the group, one point above the Ukranian opponents, and a win will secure a place in the next phase of the competition.
Probable line-ups: Roma vs. Zorya Luhansk
Roma (3-5-2): Rui Patricio; Mancini, Smalling, Kumbulla; Karsdorp, Darboe, Veretout, Mkhitaryan, El Shaarawy; Zaniolo, Abraham
Zorya (4-3-3): Matsapura; Favorov, Imerekov, Cvek, Khomchenovskiy; Buletsa, Nazaryna, Kochergin; Kabaiev, Gromov, Sayyadmanesh