New Roma striker Patrik Schick has been ruled out for a fortnight with a thigh injury. Schick, a deadline-day signing from Sampdoria, made his Roma debut in the final 15 minutes of their 3-0 win over Hellas Verona last weekend, but he missed the 4-0 win at Benevento in midweek with an injury that will also see him miss games against Udinese and AC Milan in Serie A and Qarabag in the Champions League. He should return to training during the next international break and Roma hope he will be fit to face Napoli on Oct. 14. "Patrik Schick underwent further tests on his left thigh today," a statement on the Serie A club's website read. "The tests confirmed the presence of oedema in the proximal third
There was a time, not that long ago, when all one had to do when discussing Roma and Udinese was to wax poetically about the virtues of Antonio Di Natale and Francesco Totti. Toto and Totti combined for over 600 goals (all comps) throughout their illustrious careers, entertaining Serie A fans for a combined four decades. While Toto wasn’t quite Totti’s equal, his cast an equally large shadow over his adopted home club, and while the Zebras actually fared slightly better in their first year without them, you just don’t fear this particular dazzle (look it up) as much. Intuitively we know the answer to that question, but it may come as a shock to learn that Roma has beaten Udinese in eight straight league matches and hasn’t even dropped a single point to the Zebras since the spring of 2013.