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How Roma could line up against Feyenoord

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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Roma could line up for Wednesday’s Europa League Conference final against Feyenoord.

Seeking their first European trophy since 1961, Roma travel to Tirana this week, where they meet Feyenoord in the inaugural Europa Conference League final.

The Giallorossi arrive in the Albanian capital with almost all of their first-team squad fit and healthy, but Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is still sidelined by a hamstring injury so misses out.

Recently recovered from another muscular issue, Nicolo Zaniolo is expected to replace Eldor Shomurodov, as Jose Mourinho makes at least one change to the side which started Roma’s final-day Serie A win over Torino.

Out for the best part of a year with two serious knee ligament injuries, Zaniolo has been prone to picking up niggles since, so young Felix Afena-Gyan is on standby as a potential wildcard selection by Mourinho.

Bryan Cristante will also be targeting Jordan Veretout‘s spot in midfield, and ex-Feyenoord wing-back Rick Karsdorp is likely to be brought back into the starting XI, but who drops out as a result remains undetermined.

Finally back from the long layoff which followed his injury at last summer’s European Championships, Leonardo Spinazzola lined up on the left last time out – with Polish rookie Nicola Zalewski featuring on the opposite flank.

Up front, meanwhile, star striker Tammy Abraham leads the line, and is currently the competition’s second-top scorer. Supporting from an advanced midfield ro…

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