Diego Maradona dead: all the messages

Napoli and Argentina legend Diego Maradona died today aged 60 after a cardiac arrest. Messages to pay tribute to one of the best footballers of all time have arrived thick and fast through social media.

His former club Napoli were one of the first ones to mourn his death: “What words could we use to describe the pain we are feeling?” the Azzurri wrote on Twitter.

“Football will forever thank you,” Milan wrote in their official Twitter account while Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed he’s “lost a friend.”

Football Italia brings together all the reactions to Diego Maradona’s death.


Roma: Fazio recovers from COVID, Smalling out against Cluj

Federico Fazio has reportedly recovered from COVID but has not been included in Roma’s squad list to face Cluj, Chris Smalling is also out with an injury.

The former Tottenham defender has reportedly recovered from Coronavirus and needs to undergo general medical examinations before resuming training with the rest of the team.

Chris Smalling has been left out of Roma’s squad list for Thursday’s Europa League game in Romania and the same is true of Roger Ibanez.

The former Manchester United defender has a problem at his knee while Ibanez has picked up a muscle injury.

“A four-man defence is a possibility. We are missing some central defenders, Riccardo Calafiori will play,” Paulo Fonseca said on the eve of the game.

Roma’s squad list vs. Cluj:

Goalkeepers: Pau López, Berti, Mirante
Defenders: Karsdorp, Juan Jesus, Bruno Peres, Spinazzola, Calafiori
Midfielders: Cristante, Pellegrini, Villar, Veretout, Diawara, Milanese, Tripi, Mkhitaryan
Attackers: Džeko, Pedro, Borja Mayoral, Carles Pérez, Ciervo


Fonseca: ‘Dzeko will play against Cluj’

Roma boss Paulo Fonseca has confirmed Edin Dzeko will play a few minutes against Cluj in Europa League and admits he could switch to a four-man defence.

Roma are travelling to Romania where the will face the locals in a Europa League clash tomorrow evening.

Paulo Fonseca spoke to Sky Sport before the flight.

“Our target is to win the game, it’s going to be an important and tough match but we want the three points.”

The Portuguese tactician admitted he could make some tactical changes and revealed Edin Dzeko will play a few minutes after recovering from COVID.

“A four-man defence is a possibility. We are missing some central defenders, Riccardo Calafiori will play.”

Chris Smalling and Roger Ibanez have been left out of Roma’s squad list with injuries, Federico Fazio is also out of action but has reportedly recovered from COVID.

“Dzeko trained alone with great intensity for two days. He never stopped when he was forced home. I think he will play a few minutes and then we’ll see what to do against Napoli.”


Roma: Ibanez out with muscle injury

Roma defender Roger Ibanez reportedly misses out against CFR Cluj in the Europa League.

In addition to Tuttomercatoweb’s report regarding a problem in the left knee for Chris Smalling, Sky Sport Italia has revealed Ibanez will sit out against the Romanian side.

The Giallorossi defender underwent instrumental tests for a muscle problem which determined that he must skip the European game on Thursday.

The 22-year-old Brazilian has played all eight Serie A games so far this term, but has only appeared once in the Europa League – when he scored in the reverse fixture against Cluj at the Olimpico.


Roma: Smalling doubtful for Cluj

Roma defender Chris Smalling has reportedly suffered a problem in his left knee and is doubtful for the Europa League match against CFR Cluj.

The English defender was out against Parma with food poisoning and returned to training yesterday, but Tuttomercatoweb reveals he’s doubtful ahead of the trip to Romania.

The report reveals Smalling felt a discomfort in his left knee during training and had to stop, but he carried out individual training today.

The 31-year-old has only played four games since he signed a permanent deal with the Giallorossi, two in Serie A and two in the Europa League so far this term.