El Shaarawy has thigh injury

Stephan El Shaarawy is a major doubt to feature against Napoli and Chelsea after the Roma forward was diagnosed with a thigh problem.

Returning from international duty with Italy, the Little Pharaoh underwent tests today in Rome.

A statement from the club confirmed “evidence of a muscular oedema in his right adductor longus muscle.

“The player will continue with the recovery programme and his condition will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.”

It’s bad timing for the Giallorossi, who face Serie A leaders Napoli on Saturday evening and then Chelsea in the Champions League next week.


Ferrero: ‘I could buy Roma’

Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero says “many people” want him to buy Roma – “in my life I never say never”.

The Blucerchiati chief was born in Rome and grew up supporting the Giallorossi, and claims he could take over the club one day.

“I’m fine in Genoa with Sampdoria, there’s love and glory here,” Ferrero told Il Messaggero.

“In my life I never say never, at Roma many people ask me to buy them… I’m fine where I am though.

“Totti? Francesco is a friend and a genius. He’s the last of romantics, when he talks about Roma his eyes become glassy like a doll’s.”


De Rossi trains with Roma

Daniele De Rossi is training with Roma today, but Lorenzo Pellegrini worked alone.

The pair both picked up injuries in the win over Milan before the international break, and missed both of Italy’s World Cup qualifiers as a result.

The Giallorossi face Napoli on Saturday night, and captain De Rossi took full part in today’s session at Trigoria, which included an 11 v 11 match with the Primavera players.

Pellegrini was on the pitch today, but he worked separately from his teammates.


Roma-Napoli kick-off confirmed

Roma’s game with Napoli has been confirmed as a 20.45 kick-off, despite talk it could be moved to 18.00.

Last season’s second and third-placed sides meet this weekend, and it had initially been planned for a 20.45 kick-off [19.45 UK time].

However, there were security concerns, so the idea was floated that the match could be moved forward to 18.00.

That would have caused problems for travelling fans, as well as irritation for television broadcasters.

After a meeting today, it has been decided that the match will go ahead as originally planned, but away fans from Naples and the Campania region won’t be allowed to attend.

There are, however, 4,000 away seats for those outside Campania who hold a supporters’ card.


Fassone: ‘Milan don’t need CL’

Marco Fassone assures Milan don’t need Champions League qualification, even if “having €40m extra would be positive…”

The Rossoneri were bought by a Chinese consortium earlier this year, with U.S hedge fund Elliott Management providing a loan to get the deal done.

That has to be repaid, but the club’s CEO assures there will be no problems even if they miss out on the Champions League.

“In the clubs where I’ve worked I’ve always had a ‘safety net’,” Fassone explained to Guerin Sportivo.

“For better or worse, other people had the last word in the decision making process, which I was part of, but I didn’t have the final decision.

“At Milan, by contrast, the ownership demands everything of the management so the task of deciding things falls to me.

“I’m facing a sort of ‘win or lose’ situation, but it’s motivating. I’m convinced we’ll do well, because we have collaborators of experience and skill.

“This season? Not getting into the Champions League wouldn’t be a drama, because I’ve presented UEFA with plans which also include not getting to the Champions League.

“Having €40m extra would be positive though… That would allow us not to think about selling a player.

“Juventus and Napoli are stronger than the others, and our race for the top four will be run with Roma, Inter and Lazio.

“When I start a new project I’m aware that it takes time, and that you won’t win in the first year.

“We want our players to give all the swear and energy possible, while always giving the maximum to represent the fans and the history of this club.

“Then next year we’ll insert another two or three players in the roles that [sporting director Massimiliano] Mirabelli and [Coach Vincenzo] Montella deem most appropriate.”