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Jose Mourinho may not be able to count on Chris Smalling for Roma’s upcoming Serie A match with Empoli .
It hasn’t been an easy start to the new season for the Giallorossi, who have taken just one point from their first three outings. This poor start leaves Roma in 18th place in the Serie A standings, increasing the pressure as they strive for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification this season. As Gianluca Di Marzio noted, Smalling did not train with his Roma team-mates at Trigoria and is now likely to miss the match against Empoli on Sunday evening. Mourinho will wait until the final training session before the match before making a decision, but the 33-year-old could be forced to withdraw, adding to the club’s injury problems. Last season, Smalling played 4,005 minutes of action in 47 total appearances for Roma, being one of the team’s most important figures.