Fonseca: ‘Fixture list is inhuman’

Roma coach Paulo Fonseca prepares a reshuffle against Genoa and warns injuries will pile up because ‘it’s inhuman to make players go through this many games.’

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Injuries are piling up for the Giallorossi, as Jordan Veretout is out for at least a month after a thigh strain during Wednesday’s 2-1 win away to Fiorentina.

“Many coaches believe there are too many games and we’ve seen the injuries at teams like Real Madrid and Liverpool too,” said Fonseca in his press conference.

“All we need is fewer internationals, for a start, because this is not normal for players. It is inhuman to make players go through this many games.

“Leonardo Spinazzola would need to rest, but we have only three full-backs at the moment and fortunately he is physically very strong. Stephan El Shaarawy and Pedro are both ready to play.

“Veretout has been above all important when attacking for the team this season, so now we have Gonzalo Villar or Lorenzo Pellegrini who can play in that position. Even Henrikh Mkhitaryan could do it, if needed. I will make the right decision for the squad.

“Borja Mayoral is a young player and is doing well, working really hard for the team, so he creates spaces even when he doesn’t score goals.”

Genoa have lost only two Serie A games since Davide Ballardini took over in late December, so how can Roma break them down?

“It won’t be the same as our draw with Benevento, because Genoa attack and press higher. We had similar moments against Fiorentina and were still able to create chances. I think the team has understood what it needs to do,” continued Fonseca.

“It’s going to be a difficult match, as Genoa under Ballardini are strong, aggressive and press high.”


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