Roma defender Chris Smalling should be back from injury in time to face Inter Milan in next weekend’s Serie A clash.
This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews.
Roma travel to the San Siro to face Inter next weekend.
The Giallorossi have a couple major fitness doubts for that match.
One of the big ones will certainly be forward Paulo Dybala. The Argentine is a key player for Roma in attack, and is a major doubt for the match against the Nerazzurri.
However, there is one boost for Giallorossi coach Jose Mourinho.
And it comes at the heart of the club from the Italian capital’s defense.
Roma Defender Chris Smalling To Be Fit To Face Inter
Defender Smalling his been out for around a month.
The issue for the 33-year-old former Manchester United defender has been tendinitis.
The exact return date for Smalling has not been entirely clear.
But now the Englishman looks to be getting very close to being able to return.
And according to the Corriere, Smalling could be circling next Sunday’s match against Inter on his calendar as far as a return date from his injury goes.
Smalling will not be fit for tomorrow evening’s match at home against Monza in Serie A.
Nor will the 33-year-old likely play any part in Thursday’s match against Slavia Prague in the Europa League.
But according to the Corriere, Smalling should in all, likelihood be able to make his return in time to face Inter at the San Siro next weekend.
Smalling is a vital player at the heart of Roma’s back three.
The 33-year-old has made 146 appearances for the Giallorossi since joining the club from Old Trafford.
Roma coach Mourinho has had to find makeshift solutions during Smalling’s injury. Diego Llorente has played, whilst Bryan Cristante has also shifted into defense.