No Roman Players May Start in Lazio vs Roma For the First Time in 55 Years

No Roman players seem likely to start in tomorrow’s derby between Lazio and Roma for the first time in 55 years.

As reported by Italian newspaper Il Messaggero (via LazioNews24) earlier today, tomorrow’s match may be the first Derby della Capitale in decades to not feature a Roman-born player in either of the two starting lineups.

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With the Giallorossi’s Lorenzo Pellegrini suspended for the match, the only other Roma player to have been born in the Eternal City is teenage left-back Riccardo Calafiori.

The only Lazio player to have been born in Rome is midfielder Danilo Cataldi, who is a lifelong Biancocelesti fan.

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Neither Calafiori nor Cataldi, however, seem likely to start for their respective clubs tomorrow evening, breaking a 55-year run of Roman players starting in the Derby della Capitale.

Both teams have famously featured Roman-born players throughout the decades, like Roma with Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi, and Lazio with Alessandro Nesta and Paolo Di Canio.

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