Zaniolo & Smalling expected to start vs Zorya Luhansk

Nicolo Zaniolo is back in the starting eleven for tonight’s Conference League clash at the Olimpico.

According to Il Tempo, the 22-year-old – after being benched for the entirety of the match vs Genoa – is expected to start behind the two strikers later tonight.

He will replace captain Lorenzo Pellegrini who should be on the bench due to rest.

In the meantime, Chris Smalling also makes his long-awaited return to the pitch.

After a month and a half since his last appearance, the English defender has recovered from a thigh injury and is ready to lead Roma’s backline.

Mourinho will reportedly play him in a 3-man defense of a 3-4-1-2 formation.