Roma v Salernitana preview: Some key players could sit out in Serie A

Roma will reunite with the club against whom they recorded their joint-biggest win under Jose Mourinho so far with a home game against Salernitana on Sunday.

The reverse fixture was Roma’s first away league game of the season, ending in a 4-0 win. It was one of three wins by a four-goal margin since Mourinho took charge so far, but the only to have come in Serie A.

Roma are on a 10-game unbeaten run in the league, despite suffering a defeat to Bodo/Glimt in their most recent fixture in Europe. Sandwiched before the second leg, the game against bottom side Salernitana should represent important preparation.

Captain Lorenzo Pellegrini, a scorer against Bodo/Glimt, will miss it through suspension. Vice-captain Gianluca Mancini is likely to be rested due to his withdrawal in the match in Norway, despite scans ruling out any long-term injury risk. Meanwhile, Tammy Abraham could also sit it out due to physical concerns.

They would normally be three regular starters for Roma, but it remains to be seen whether Mourinho will rotate anyway in light of the fact that Salernitana are struggling and a must-win game against Bodo/Glimt – and then league duties against Napoli and Inter – will follow.

On the positive side, Nicolo Zaniolo should be back in contention to play after missing the trip to Norway. The same could go for Jordan Veretout, even if he is less of a regular these days. And there have also been reports that this game could see the long-awaited return of Leonardo Spinazzola to the squad, even if patience is still required for him to actually play.

The opponents have ex-Roma players Federico Fazio, Norbert Gyomber and Diego Perotti among their ranks. However, the former will miss the game through suspension.

Salernitana are without a win since their first fixture of 2022, so Roma will be hoping not to be the ones to change that. Nothing can be taken for granted, but this should be an opportunity to build momentum again ahead of Thursday.

The game kicks off at 5pm UK time and will be live on BT Sport 1.

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