Diego Perotti has acknowledged what a blow it is for Roma to lose Nicolo Zaniolo, after the midfielder suffered a serious knee injury on Sunday night.
The Giallorossi lost 2-1 against Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico, in a game where Perotti scored from the penalty spot to halve the deficit - after the visitors had scored twice in the first 10 minutes.
But it was Zaniolo's injury - the Italy international rupturing the ACL in his right knee during the first half - that the winger was asked about following the final whistle.
“It’s horrible news for us right now,” Perotti said.
“A really important player for us, a young player, he’s been doing well – he was doing well tonight too.
"The bad luck we’ve had when it comes to injuries just cannot be explained. I’m really sorry for him, I send him my best wishes, I really hope he will be back as soon as possible. The whole team are behind him."
How hard did it make it conceding two early goals like that?
“As a team you can’t allow yourself to concede two goals in the opening 10 minutes. Nicolo’s injury was another heavy blow but we didn’t go out there with the right attitude – you can’t concede so early like that.
"You can talk about all those sort of things but what we have to do is respond in the right way on the pitch. Today we didn’t do that.”