Atalanta ‘agree’ to dropping Gomez

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini, ‘in agreement with the club,’ has left Papu Gomez out of the squad to face Roma, but Josip Ilicic returns.

It kicks off on Sunday at 17.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

Sky Sport Italia had reported Gomez would not even be called up for the game at the Gewiss Stadium, having been benched against Fiorentina and Juventus.

That proved to be correct, with an accompanying statement making very clear this was a joint decision and not due to any fitness issues.

“The coach, in agreement with the club, has decided not to call the player Alejandro Papu Gomez due to a technical choice.”

Ilicic returns after he missed the Juventus match with a throat infection, but Mattia Caldara, Mario Pasalic, Cristiano Piccinini and Matteo Ruggeri are still injured.

Atalanta squad for Roma: Depaoli, De Roon, Amad Diallo, Djimsiti, Freuler, Gollini, Gosens, Gyabuaa, Hateboer, Ilicic, Lammers, Malinovskyi, Miranchuk, Mojica, Muriel, Palomino, Pessina, Romero, Rossi, Sportiello, Sutalo, Toloi, Duvan Zapata

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