AS Roma would be without midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the second leg of the Europa Conference League semi-final against Leicester City.
City travel to Rome on Thursday night with a tie in the balance after the first leg at the King Power Stadium. The scores remained level after the first 90 minutes with City equalizing in the second half as Gianluca Mancini put the ball into his own net under pressure from Ademola Lookman.
This means who will play in the competition’s final on May 25 will be decided in a 90-minute showdown in Rome, in front of a crowd of around 70,000. The winners will face either Marseille or Feyenoord, with the Dutch currently leading 3-2 after the first leg.
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Reports in Italy now claim that former Arsenal player Mkhitaryan will miss the second leg against City through injury. The 33-year-old started the first leg but was forced off the pitch just before the hour mark.
According to Calciomercato , the midfielder is expected to be unavailable for 15-20 days which means he won’t be available for selection for the second leg. The report claims Mkhitaryan has suffered from ‘suspected muscle strain’ and will ‘certainly’ miss both the weekend’s Serie A clash against Bologna and the visit to City.
The midfielder has played a total of 43 games in all competitions this season, scoring five goals and providing another nine assists. He has been with Roma since joining from Arsenal in the summer of 2020.
He is one of several former Premier League players in Jose Mourinho’s side. Chris Smalling and Tammy Abraham also started the first leg against City, while former Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout also came on as a second-half substitute.