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Roma coach Rudi Garcia is aware of how valuable captain Francesco Totti is to the team but believes the Giallorossi can overcome his absence.

The veteran Italian striker was booked during his team's 3-0 triumph over Torino last time out and is suspended for Saturday's match at Atalanta.

``Francesco is a champion,'' Garcia said to the Italian media. ``He knows he is a crucial player for us.

``He will miss the game with Atalanta but we will have him available straight after and this is very important...

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Roma defender Leandro Castan to undergo neurosurgery

Leandro Castan brain condition is not life-threatening, Roma says.

ROME -- Roma defender Leandro Castan will undergo neurosurgery next month because of a malformation in the brain.

Castan has been out of action since a September victory at Empoli, where he was substituted at halftime suffering from dizziness.

On Thursday, Roma says tests on Castan in the days following the match revealed "a congenital vascular alteration in his brain, a condition more commonly known as a cavernoma."

The club adds that "the cavernoma does not represent a threat" to Castan's life,...

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3 days ago

Mattia Destro is not for sale, says Roma director of sport Walter Sabatini

Mattia Destro has been linked with a move away from Roma in January.

Chelsea have been warned off making a January bid for Mattia Destro by Roma director of sport Walter Sabatini.

The Blues were one of several clubs to show an interest in Destro, 23, last summer, but Giallorossi president James Pallotta blocked a move for the forward.

Now, Sabatini has reaffirmed his club's stance, even though their top scorer this season has expressed concerns about his lack of playing time in the Italian capital.

"Destro is not on the market," Sabatini told RAI television.


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AC Milan's Adriano Galliani: Move for Roma's Francesco Totti 'impossible'

AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani expresses his opinion on the fan disruptions during Italy-Croatia.

AC Milan's general manager Adriano Galliani has revealed the club tried to sign Francesco Totti as a youngster, but says it would have been "impossible" to persuade the striker to leave Roma.

Totti, 38, has scored 293 goals in 718 appearances for Roma, and captains the club with which he has spent his whole playing career.

Many teams -- including the Rossoneri -- have tried and failed to prise the forward award from the Giallorossi, though Galliani has praised the striker's devotion to his club as...

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Roma forward Mattia Destro pleased to hear of reported Arsenal interest

Mattia Destro has only started five Serie A matches for Roma this season.

Roma forward Mattia Destro says he is honoured to be linked with a move to Arsenal and believes it shows he is doing something right.

Destro, 23, recently spoke of his frustration at his lack of opportunities this season in a Giallorossi side which has fierce competition for attacking places.

With Francesco Totti proving capable of coping with three games in a week, and both Gervinho and Juan Manuel Iturbe seen as his natural partners, Destro has had to make do with less action than he would have...