EDF: No Manolas for ‘most important game’

Eusebio Di Francesco has confirmed that Kostas Manolas will miss Roma’s ‘most important game’ against Udinese in Serie A on Saturday.

The match kicks off on Saturday at 14:00 GMT on Saturday – click here for a preview.

“Many people are already thinking about Real Madrid and Inter, but for me the most important match of this run is this one against Udinese,” the Coach said at a Press conference.

“It’ll be a tough game from a physical perspective as they’re a tough team, who didn’t deserve to lose to Milan or Empoli.

“I also know [Davide] Nicola well and that he’ll certainly prepare for the game well so they can take space away and stifle us. 

“Kostas tried to train yesterday and today, but his ankle still isn’t 100 percent. On the other hand, we don’t want to rush Perotti and De Rossi, like we have in the past with them and even Pastore.

“We hope to have Diego back after Real Madrid and Daniele for the Cagliari game. Kolarov, however, is fine and will play, while Santon has overcome a fever.

“We know that Lasagna is good at attacking space and De Paul at moving between the lines.

“He shoots as soon as he finds space. As for Karsdorp, it’s difficult for him to start tomorrow.

“Maybe he could come on, but he’s training very well and we want to put him back in the squad soon.

“Schick has had some foggy moments, but now he’s growing up and he really wants to come out of his shell.

“I’m happy and I hope he’ll continue this growth in Udine too. There was a lot of talk about the goal he scored in Slovakia.

“It was said that he scored a wonderful lob. Instead, I told him that it was a very normal goal, which he has in his locker.

“How did he react? He smiled because he knows he’s capable of scoring goals like that, but he also knows that it wasn’t enough on its own.

“We need consistency, goals. After that, he can do what he wants.”

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