By DAN KARELL
If there’s anything for AS Roma fans to be worried about following an 8-0 start to the Serie A campaign, it’s the overall health of legendary midfielder Francesco Totti.
The 37-year-old has continued to pull the strings in the midfield, but he went off injured in Friday’s 2-0 victory in the first half. After undergoing tests on Monday, Totti was ruled out for at least ten days with a hamstring injury. Roma’s medical staff will reevaluate Totti after the ten day period.
Roma will have to lean on some other players to step up in Totti’s absence, which forces him to miss matches at Udinese next Sunday and against Chievo. Totti this season has scored three times and recorded six assists in eight league matches.
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WALCOTT SUFFERS INJURY SETBACK
While Arsenal were boosted this past weekend by the return of Santi Cazorla, they’ll have to wait another two weeks to have winger Theo Walcott back on the field.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that following surgery to fix an abdominal injury, Walcott had to stop his rehabilitation and he’ll likely miss the next three matches.
“Theo had a setback last Thursday,” Wenger told The Guardian. “He had to stop, to jog again, I don’t think we will see him against Dortmund, nor Crystal Palace nor Chelsea. He is at least two weeks away now.”
Walcott has suffered from injury and inconsistency nearly his whole career, but when he’s fit and in form he’s proven to be one of the best players in the Arsenal squad. The England international has only played seven times this year with just one goal scored in Arsenal’s 2-1 victory against Marseille in the UEFA Champions League.
BAYERN MUNICH LOSE DANTE FOR UP TO TWO WEEKS
Bayern Munich will have to quickly shore up their defense as they’ll be without starting centerback Dante for their Champions League match on Wednesday against Viktoria Plzen.
The Brazilian National Team member suffered an ankle sprain in the first half of Bayern’s 4-1 victory against Mainz last Saturday, forcing Dante off in the 41st minute. Tests following the injury have ruled the 30-year-old out for at least Wednesday if not longer.
Dante was a key member of Bayern’s treble-winning side last season and has played in 15 games this season already.
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What do you think of these reports? Do you see Roma struggling without Totti? Do you believe that Walcott will have a place in the side when he returns? Do you see Dante’s injury proving to be a big loss for Bayern?
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