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Roma will travel to the San Siro this weekend without their Captain Francesco Totti after he suffered an ankle injury in their Champions League tie against Sporting Lisbon while, the rossoneri will be looking for their first home win in Serie A this season and they are more determined than ever after their humiliating defeat, last weekend, to Tuscan minnows Empoli.
Ronaldo's mysterious injury is still keeping him out and there are still questions over when he will return for the rossoneri while, Marek Jankulovski will also miss the game after having a knee operation on Thursday following an injury he picked up against Empoli. It is still unknown for how long he will be out for.
Massimo Oddo is another name that has joined Jankulovski on the injury list as he has a muscular twinge which will most likely see Cafu replace the World Cup winner on the flank while Favalli is also being evaluated after picking up a knock too.
Both teams are confident after their impressive displays in their respective Champions League ties but the diavoli will still be a bit nervous after failing to win at the San Siro. However, they will take comfort from the fact that Roma's leading goalscorer and Captain, Totti, will be out of the game and it was his two goals last season that saw the giallorossi win at the San Siro 2-0. Mirko Vucinic is expected to replace the Roman.
Gilardino is expected to start upfront after his impressive display in recent weeks while Champions League hero Pippo Inzaghi is expected to be benched again.
Dida will return too after he served his one-match ban against Shaktar Dontesk in mid week while Serginho will return just in time to replace Jankulovski. The Brazilian will make his first Serie A appearance this season.
This game promises to be one of the exciting games of weekend with world class players in both teams but who will prosper? Will Milan get their first home win or will Roma extend Milan's San Siro crisis?
Milan players called up:
PORTIERI: Dida, Kalac, Offredi
DIFENSORI: Bonera, Cafu, Favalli, Kaladze, Maldini, Nesta, Serginho;
CENTROCAMPISTI: Ambrosini, Brocchi, Gattuso, Gourcuff, Pirlo, Seedorf;
ATTACCANTI: Gilardino, Inzaghi, Kakà.