Serie A side AS Roma are suffering an injury crisis that is gradually worsening as key players keep getting sidelined.
The list has been growing gradually. Defender Emerson Palmieri reportedly picked up a calf injury after the 0-0 draw against Empoli on Sunday.
The Brazil international joined this summer from his native country where he played for Santos. The player, currently on a loan deal, has made four starts for the Giallorossi since joining. He was fine in the first half but had to be substituted after the injury in the 53rd minute. He was set to play in the Europa League clash with Austria Wien. The injury would force him to sit the game out. The club says they expect him to make a return when they play Bologna in the Serie A.
Aside Palmieri, Kostas Manolas has been sidelined for two weeks, as he is set to undergo nasal surgery. The defender broke his nose during training. The club confirmed that he would undergo surgery for the injury on Monday. He adds to the list of injured defenders Roma have to seek short-term replacement.
Former Barcelona player Thomas Vermaelen and Alessandro Florenzi remain sidelined, sending a worrying sign to fans. There are reports that Vermaelen would return to his parent club due to his injury concerns. The player Roma this summer but has been absent since the beginning of September. The former Gunner player has featured just twice in the Serie A thus season.
Spanish news outlet Don Balon claim the club will turn down an opportunity to buy him on a permanent basis. The player is already surplus to requirements at the Catalan side. His contract is valid until 2019, hence it poses a problem for the La Liga champions as they would have to find a club for the Belgian defender.