There are almost two months to fill until January 4 and since yesterday Roma is on holiday to recover energy, after closing this first part of the season with the language outside. Mourinho has given a week to the players not involved with the National Team, the team will meet on Sunday afternoon in Trigoria, to start two days later for Japan. In the East, Roma will play two games, against Nagoya Grampus and Yokohama F.Marinos, in a tour branded Toyota, with about twenty Premium fans in tow. Another few days of rest, then resumed training in Trigoria and training until 15 December, when the departure for Portugal is scheduled. Mourinho will take Roma back to the Algarve, in Albufeira, the same place where they had done the preparation in the summer. In the coming days the dates will be official, which should be 15-22 December, a week before the Christmas holidays, with two matches against Portuguese first division teams. In Portugal there should also be national teams that will not pass the group stage of the World Cup. The four Giallorossi to go to Qatar are Dybala, Zalewski, Rui Patricio and Viña. There are fifty days to fill, almost two months, before the match against Bologna on 4 January.
A long absence from the stands for the Giallorossi fans who recorded 17 sold out. Mourinho can use this period to recover injured and tired players and put back on a team that will have to try the run-up to return to the Champions League, just three points away so far. In this period the Portuguese coach will have almost all the players available. The blue block has remained almost all at home, except Zaniolo. Volpato did not go to the World Cup because he said no to Australia and chose the Italian jersey, Abraham and Ibanez saw the possibility of leaving for Qatar after the last performances and also the Roma’s downturn affected their not being called up. Mourinho trusts in the recovery of Dybala and Pellegrini, who missed in the last matches of 2022. The coach wanted to organize a call to preparation with a real retreat, the one in the Algarve, while in Japan the team will be engaged in many initiatives with the sponsor.
Is still long
Wijnaldum won’t join the team until late January. Dutch takes time, having chosen conservative therapy after the rupture of the right tibia. He will not return to the field before February, even Mourinho seems resigned to this eventuality. Gini turned 32 a few days ago, fans can’t wait to see him on the field. The midfielder, injured since August, will have to work again. In the coming days will increase the workloads, but should return to work with comrades only in late January. When he returns to the field, Roma and Psg will reschedule the loan.