Fonseca ahead of Torino: “Kumbulla, Mancini and Smalling are all ready to play.”


Roma boss Paulo Fonseca spoke today as his side prepares to face Torino tomorrow for their next league fixture.

Fonseca revealed that his side is slowly starting to return to full health but lamented the fact that Roma are forced to play on Thursday instead of today like the rest of the Serie A.

“I don’t want to change the team much tomorrow, but we have to keep in mind that we play in less than 72 hours. What I can’t understand is why Roma are the only team playing on Thursday while the others play today,” he said.

”Torino is a strong team, but we can’t consider our loss to them from January, that was so long ago. We’ll be facing an organised team that likes to keep the ball.”

“They’re a strong team, we have to play our best to win. The defence? Kumbulla is fine and has no injuries. Mancini is ready to play as is Smalling. We’ll see tomorrow who is chosen. Karsdorp, though, will be rested — we have to keep an eye on him because this is his first season playing regularly in quite some time.”

The Portuguese tactician was then asked about what his side needs in the upcoming January transfer market but he emphasised that he’s solely focused on the tomorrow’s clash.

“Now isn’t the time to think about the market. We have an important match tomorrow — we’ll have time to think about January later.”

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