Roma in sudden injury crisis with Totti, Dzeko, and Keita all out


Roma’s feature strikers Edin Dzeko and Francesco Totti were both injured in the club’s 5-1 win over Carpi on Saturday, and it leaves the Italian side incredibly thin up front moving forward.

Dzeko was substituted off at halftime, and the club announced he will miss 3-4 weeks with a strain of the MCL in his right knee.

The Bosnian international was replaced by Totti, who lasted just 10 minutes – set up Mohamed Salah for the team’s fourth goal –  before being forced off himself. Roma announced that Totti suffered a hip flexor strain and will be further assessed in the next day or two, but could miss a few weeks as well if the injury proves severe enough.

With the pair injured, it remains to be seen what manager Rudi Garcia will do to replace them. Juan Iturbe came into the match for Totti, and the only other striker on the roster is 18-year-old Ezequiel Ponce who joined this summer from Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina and has yet to make his Roma debut.

The win came at a price though because we had to make three changes due to injuries inside the first 55 minutes,” Garcia said in his post-match press conference. “That’s not good for us going forward. Keita and Totti have picked up muscle injuries and Dzeko took a knock to his knee. Hopefully none of them are anything serious.”

Garcia could also move Gervinho up front, where the Ivorian is capable of playing.

“We know he can be brilliant offensively,” Garcia said of Gervinho, “and he showed during the preseason that he wants to do his bit to help the Roma cause. He had a very good game tonight and he’s got his confidence back again now — that’s always good for a striker.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Seydou Keita was also removed due to injury after just 20 minutes of play. The club reports he hyper-extended his right leg and picked up a thigh injury as a result, and will be reevaluated in 10 days.