Cristante to play in defense vs Genoa

Another international break takes its toll on Roma’s roster going forward.

With Kumbulla going down in Albania’s match against England, Roma will most likely have to face Genoa without three natural centre-backs.

According to Il Tempo, The Special One is expected to use Cristante as an additional central defender, employing the 3-man defense we saw against Venezia with the exception of the injured Kumbulla.

This would mean that Ibanez would have to slot in on the left, with Calafiori and Viña still out with injuries.

With Cristante in the backline, Mourinho will have to choose between either Villar, Darboe or Diawara to pair alongside Jordan Veretout.

Kumbulla will make his return to the capital later today and undergo tests with Roma’s medical staff to assess the extent of the injury.

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