Roma handed injury boost
Francesco Totti and David Pizarro have handed Roma a double boost ahead of their clash with Arsenal.
Last Updated: 10/03/09 4:36pm
Francesco Totti and David Pizarro have handed Roma a double boost ahead of their crucial UEFA Champions League clash with Arsenal on Wednesday.
The pair have shrugged off injuries to be included in the squad for the last-16 second-leg encounter, which will be shown live on Sky Sports Xtra at 7.45pm.
Talismanic captain Totti returns to the squad after a knee problem caused him to miss Saturday's 1-1 Serie A draw with Udinese, while midfielder Pizarro is also included despite suffering a knock in that game.
But Roma coach Luciano Spalletti said striker Totti was not a definite starter against the Gunners, who lead 1-0 from the first leg at the Emirates.
Spalletti said: "We need to consider not only his fitness but the situation with the team.
"I don't want to risk early substitutions. It is a game which could go to extra-time."
On a less positive note, Cicinho, Marco Cassetti and Simone Perrotta have already been ruled out with injury, while Daniele De Rossi is suspended.
But Spalletti has confident in the players that he has left at his disposal, saying: "I have faith in the lads, who in matches at this level have always given the responses I expected.
"From now what counts is going directly for our aim of winning."