Roma defence down to bare bones

Roma have only one centre-back available against Benevento, after losing Bryan Cristante and Roger Ibanez during the Europa League trip to Braga.

Cristante limped off with lumbago just 10 minutes into the 2-0 victory and is unlikely to recover in time for Sunday.

Ibanez then had to leave the field in the second half due to a muscular issue in his right thigh.

He had already been in doubt to start the match.

This is a huge problem for Roma going into Sunday’s Serie A game against Benevento, because Chris Smalling, Marash Kumbulla and Davide Santon are also out of action.

It’s likely Gianluca Mancini will be the only centre-back available, so Federico Fazio will have to be reintroduced to the squad after he was frozen out in January.

As for the third centre-back, Leonardo Spinazzola or Jordan Veretout could end up filling in the gaps.


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