PREVIEW: ROMA - TORINO
AS Roma and Michael Bradley will look to bounce back after a derby day defeat as they host newly promoted Torino Monday night.
Bradley appears to set to get his fourth start in a row for Roma; the American has started and played the full 90 in each of the last two outings.
Head coach Zdenek Zeman's Roma team is searching for consistency to get them back into contention for a spot in Europe, which is no easy task considering the injury concerns and off-the-field distractions surrounding the Roma camp.
Out are starting keeper Martin Stekelenburg with an injured left thumb and Brazilian Rodrigo Taddei with a calf strain, while Greek midfielder Panagiotis Tachtsidis picked up a knock to his right quad last week that appears to keep him out.
Further exacerbating the collective efforts of the Giallorossi are the disctractions stemming from heightened scrutiny by the media and criticism by the Roma fan base due to disgruntled midfielder and Roma legend Danielle de Rossi.
The world-cup winner has been frustrated by his role in Zeman's team this term, which has led de Rossi to signal his desire to leave the club. De Rossi will be forced to sit out the next couple of weeks, however, after seeing a straight red against Lazio last week.
Taking on Roma is FC Torino, which returned to the Italian top tier this season after a three year hiatus.
It has been goal by committee this season for Torino with nine different members of Il Granata finding the back of the net. Top scorer for the guests on Monday is Rolando Bianchi, who has netted four times this campaign.
Torino comes into the match level with AC Milan in tenth place with 14 points, while Roma has 17 points, which is good enough for seventh.