Smalling set to start vs Udinese, Zaniolo to be rested

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Jose Mourinho will not apply a major turnover this time around for Roma’s consecutive mid-week fixture.

Against Udinese, the Special One wants to have the strongest line-up possible with a few exceptions.

According to Il Tempo, Zaniolo will be rested and replaced by Carles Perez on the wing. The Italian international has struggled to find his best form and was reportedly very tired following the loss at Verona.

Moreover, Smalling is set to take Ibanez’s starting spot alongside Gianluca Mancini. The English defender looks to make his second start of the season so far.

Mkhitaryan is also expected to re-enter the starting line-up after recovering from muscle fatigue.

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