Confirmed: Major blow for Roma with Kevin Strootman ruled out of Liverpool clash

Roma's coach Eusebio Di Francesco reacts during the Italian Serie A football match AS Roma vs Fiorentina on April 7, 2018 at the Olympic stadium in Rome.

Liverpool head to Roma tomorrow night for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final clash.

Roma's head coach Eusebio Di Francesco reacts during the Italian Serie A football match between Lazio and Roma on April 15, 2018 at Olympic Stadium in Rome.

Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco addressed the media today ahead of his side's huge Champions League clash with Liverpool in Rome tomorrow night, and confirmed that it is highly likely that key player Kevin Strootman will miss the game through injury, as reported by Calcio Mercato.

The Reds head to the Stadio Olimpico with a three goal advantage after beating the Serie A side 5-2 at Anfield during the first leg of their Champions league tie last week.

Kevin Strootman (R) of A.S. Roma tries to control the bhall before Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (L) of Tottenham Hotspur during the International Champions Cup (ICC) football between  A.S. Roma...

Roma will have to be at their very best if they are to have any chance of turning the semi-final tie around, but they do have previous, after overturning a 4-1 deficit against Barcelona in the quarter-finals.

Di Francesco confirmed that Kevin Stootman is likely to miss the game through injury, however, in what will be a major blow to the Italian side's hopes of progressing through to the final, as quoted by Calcio Mercato:

Roma's Italian head coach Eusebio Di Francesco reacts during the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Atletico Madrid and AS Roma at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium in...

“As for injury news, unfortunately it’s hard to see Kevin Strootman being involved."

The Dutchman has made 42 appearances in all competitions for Roma this season, and has been integral to the manner in which they go about their business, so Liverpool will surely be relieved to see his name missing from the team-sheet tomorrow night.

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