Following last week’s surgery on his fractured cheekbones, Edin Dzeko’s unavailability for this weekend’s match against Sampdoria was confirmed. Il Tempo reports that the Bosnian had a follow-up consultation with his surgeon, Prof. Bruno Pesucci, who reiterated his stance that the attacker should be rested for the affair. Roma boss Paulo Fonseca will, therefore, give Nikola Kalinić a chance to start against the Blucerchiati.
The Giallorossi will also be without Cengiz Ünder and Henrikh Mkhitaryan this weekend. The Turk has been out for over a month while the Armenian has been out for two weeks. Both are nearing a full recovery from their respective thigh injuries – but they will certainly not be risked as they continue to be monitored on a daily basis. Meanwhile, Diego Perotti could make his return and is in-line to receive his first official call-up of the season following the thigh injury he suffered on 26 August.