Cengiz Under

Key Roma star misses squad for Barcelona clash

AS Roma have this evening announced a 21-man squad for the club’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash with Barcelona on Wednesday night.


The Giallorossi are set to travel to to Catalunya as major underdogs in their tie with La Liga leaders Barca, with Eusebio Di Francesco’s men having dispatched of Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk in nail-biting fashion in the competition’s last-16.

The capital outfit’s positive recent streak of results came to an end at the weekend, though, with Roma only able to come away from Bologna’s Renato Dall’Ara with a point.

Barca, meanwhile , put Premier League champions Chelsea to the sword by 4 goals to 1 over the two legs of their own Champions League last-16 tie, with the Blaugrana having staged a last-gasp recovery to snatch a draw away to Sevilla on Saturday night.

Travelling party

Roma have this evening announced their squad set to travel to the Camp Nou for Wednesday night’s kick-off, with one notable absentee for the Giallorossi.

The player in question is winger Cengiz Under, who has been in scintillating form for the Serie A giants over the last couple of months.

Gifted wide-man Under had been viewed as a doubt to face Barca after picking up a knee injury whilst on international duty with Turkey, with today’s squad announcement having since revealed that the 20-year-old has failed to recover in time for his side’s latest European venture.

However, in more positive news for Eusebio Di Francesco’s men, Radja Nainggolan and Lorenzo Pellegrini, who were both also labelled as doubts to travel to Barcelona, have recovered from their respective fitness concerns and are included in Roma’s squad:

Alisson, Romagnoli, Skorupski, Juan Jesus, Kolarov, Capradossi, Fazio, Florenzi, Bruno Peres, Manolas, Nainggolan, Strootman, Pellegrini, De Rossi, Gonalons, Gerson, Perotti, Dzeko, Schick, Defrel, El Shaarawy

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