Viña likely to be rested versus Sassuolo


Roma fullback Matias Viña landed back in the Italian capital this morning after international duty with Uruguay.

After an injury scare earlier in the week, the 23 year-old played 72 minutes on Thursday in his side’s win over Ecuador and appears to be doing well.

As a precautionary measure, Il Tempo reports that José Mourinho will rest the Uruguayan this weekend versus Sassuolo and start Riccardo Calafiori in his place.

Lorenzo Pellegrini, Gianluca Mancini, and Nicolo Zaniolo are also facing fitness concerns ahead of tomorrow’s affair against the Neroverdi.

Of the three, Zaniolo is the one that Mourinho and his staff are least concerned about. The attacker did not suffer an injury, but the club prefer not to overexert the youngster so early in the season.

Meanwhile, central defender Chris Smalling is close to makin a full recovery. The Englishman has been out for over a month with a hamstring injury, which he suffered just before the start of the season.

He participated in Wednesday’s intra-squad training match and is expected to be available beginning next week.

His return would come at the perfect time given that Roma will commence the busiest part of their schedule beginning tomorrow.