As Lionel Messi recovers from a calf injury which kept the Argentine star out of Barcelona’s 5-2 win over Real Betis in La Liga over the weekend, his international team-mate Diego Perotti has been ruled out for two months with a thigh injury.
The bad news for the Argentina international was confirmed in a medical update by his Serie A club, AS Roma, posted on its official website on Monday after the 31-year-old forward suffered the injury in training.
As a result, Perotti was missing from Roma’s thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Genoa in the club’s first Serie A match of the 2019/20 season on Saturday, a match which saw former Manchester City duo Edin Dzeko and Aleksandar Kolarov score a goal each.
News of Perotti’s injury comes as the Giallorossi prepare for the eternal derby clash against city rivals SS Lazio in Serie A on Sunday.
Along with the Rome derby against Lazio, Perotti is also set to miss Roma’s Serie A games against Sassuolo, Bologna, Atalanta, Lecce and Cagliari which come either side of the coming international break in the second week of September.
What are your thoughts on the injury setback suffered by Perotti at the start of the Serie A season? Will it greatly affect Roma’s chances of enjoying a good run of results in the opening weeks of the campaign?
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