Zeki Celik to replace Diego Llorente in Roma’s defense ahead of Frosinone

Andy Mattioli

Turkish defender Zeki Celik is expected to start later today as Roma face Frosinone in a must-win match.

According to most Italian media reports, despite the absences of Diego Llorente and Chris Smalling, Jose Mourinho is still intent on fielding a 3-5-2 formation with Celik slotting in as Llorente’s replacement.

Celik will therefore take his place alongside Gianluca Mancini and Evan Ndicka, even though Mourinho was rumored to be considering a formation switch to 4-3-3, calling up Primavera fullback Joao Costa as an additional option off the bench.