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Mourinho discusses Renato Sanches’ status ahead of Fiorentina

Roma's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho reacts after Lecce's first goal during the Italian Serie A football match between AS Roma and Lecce on November 5, 2023 at the Olympic stadium in Rome. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP) (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)
Andy Mattioli
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Roma boss Jose Mourinho spoke at length about the options he will have at his disposal for tomorrow night’s match with Fiorentina.

The Special One touched upon Renato Sanches’ availability as well as Lorenzo Pellegrini’s condition as both players have struggled to maintain the right level of match fitness after recovering from injuries.

“We need everyone for this stretch of games,” Mourinho told the media earlier today. “As I’ve said before, when we have a full squad available, with no injuries, and all our players in good shape, we have a strong squad. It’s a squad with options that helps me help the team during the game, if I have options on the bench.”

“The fact is that we do have options in midfield. That includes [Edoardo] Bove, who’s no longer a kid who comes on for 10, 15 minutes, as he did two years ago and last year,” he said.

“He’s grown since then. In midfield we have options even without Renato, Lorenzo and with [Leo] Paredes suspended, so it’s not a disaster because we can always come up with solutions.”

“Having said that, having all of our midfielders available is important. Tomorrow, for example, we have Paredes, Renato, [Bryan] Cristante, Bove, Pellegrini and [Houssem] Aouar:. We have six players available and that’s an excellent number.”

“Renato has improved in the last week, but he hasn’t been working at full capacity. He’s not quite at full intensity yet.”

“Lorenzo has had a great week and has even done some extra work. With that group of players, we’re sorted.”

“However, we do have lots of important games. In January we have a cup match and then potentially another one, if we win the first. We need all the players because we’ve obviously had difficulties at the back and we’ll continue to have them in the coming weeks. With [Evan] Ndicka going away, it’s going to be even more difficult.”

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