Confirmed: Knee injury for Juan Jesus

Juan Jesus is facing at least a month out after the Roma defender damaged knee cartilage against Virtus Entella.

Roma TV reports tests on Tuesday morning showed an injury to the meniscus in Juan Jesus’ right knee.

The channel adds the Brazilian will rest for a few days, before undergoing more tests, which will then determine the method of his recovery.

Il Messaggero expects the former Inter stopper to miss ‘at least a month’ of action.

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Roma sweat over double blow

Roma could be without Juan Jesus and Diego Perotti for several weeks after the pair suffered injuries against Virtus Entella.

Juan Jesus was stretchered off with his right knee bandaged up 10 minutes into Roma’s 4-0 Coppa Italia win against Entella, while Perotti’s calf flared up just before kick-off.

Reports suggest the Brazilian defender suffered a ‘hyperextension’ and underwent tests on Tuesday morning, with the extent of his problem not expected to be known until later in the week.

Calciomercato.com, meanwhile, tips the winger to be sidelined for ‘at least two weeks’, making this his fourth injury in less than six months.

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HT: Roma 2-0 Entella

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Line-ups: Roma-Entella

Diego Perotti is a late dropout for Roma against Virtus Entella, but Nicolo Zaniolo is only a substitute for the visit of his former club.

Perotti was due to captain Roma for the first time, but the winger hurt his calf during the warm-up, letting in Justin on the left flank, while Federico Fazio is handed the armband.

Elsewhere, Rick Karsdorp and Javier Pastore are given rare chances to impress but Zaniolo is rested against Entella, where he began his professional career.

The northerners were relegated from Serie B last season but are flying high in Serie C, placing fifth in Girone A, and eliminated Genoa last time out in the Coppa Italia.

Fiorentina await tonight’s winners at the Olimpico in the quarter-finals.

Roma: Olsen; Karsdorp, Fazio, Juan Jesus, Kolarov; Cristante, Lorenzo Pellegrini; Cengiz, Pastore, Kluivert; Schick

Subs: Fuzato, Greco, Marcano, Florenzi, Kolarov, Santon, Riccardi, Zaniolo, Coric, Dzeko

Virtus Entella: Paroni; Belli, Pellizzer, Baroni, Crialese; Icardi, Paolucci, Eramo; Adorjan; Caturano, Mota Carvalho

Subs: Massolo, Benedetti, Cleur, Germoni, Bonini, De Santis, Currarino, Di Cosmo, Nizzetto, Martinho, De Rigo, Ardizzone, Petrovic, Puntoriere, Mancosu

Referee: Di Paolo

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Corsi: Inter have Traore competition

Empoli President Fabrizio Corsi has warned Inter that Olympique Lyonnais are also in for the young midfielder.

Corsi confirmed last week that Inter were interested in Traore, but he revealed Lyon had already ‘asked’ about the 18-year-old, even if Empoli did not want to sell in January.

“We won’t do much in the transfer market. We believe our players are the best,” he told Calciomercato.com.

“When we do something, you’ll know about it. We absolutely won’t sell Bennacer. He’ll stay with us at least until June. Neither have Roma asked about him in concrete way.

“Traore is liked by every team in the Champions League or who have been in it, Inter included.

“Lyon asked about Traore, but we don’t want to give the lad up in January. As for Kownacki, I’ll take him as a suggestion…

“All jokes aside, we prefer not to talk until there’s news.”

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