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Rudi Garcia on the Verona game, injuries and upcoming fixtures


Roma coach Rudi Garcia says he's not looking forward to tough away fixtures against Manchester City and Juventus.

The Giallorossi host Verona on Saturday and the Frenchman insists his players are only focused on Andrea Mandorlini's side.

"We're unbeaten but we only played four games," Garcia told reporters on Friday afternoon.

"The only team I'm thinking of is the next one, Verona.

"I don't think they [the games against Manchester City and Juventus] will affect the players.

"The players already showed before the game against CSKA [Moscow] that they are 100% focused on the Serie A and tomorrow will be no different.

"I think yes, [Leandro Castan could be back before the international break].

"He is a warrior, he wants to help the team and I want all players to be 100% fit.

"Tomorrow's group will be the same as the game against Parma, we will then have two days to see who will recover."

Asked if the next two weeks will be key to Roma's campaign, Garcia said: "Maybe Empoli, CSKA and Cagliari were not key as well?

"All games are important, we always have to give our best, I liked what I saw against Parma in respect to how united we were and maybe it was better to win 2-1 the way we did rather than 1-0.

"Now we have to focus on this game, the other teams don't exist, it's all about Verona."

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