Ciro Immobile is unlikely to take part in Lazio’s upcoming match against Spezia and history suggests that the team will struggle without their star man.
The 32-year-old Italian striker was called up by Roberto Mancini for this international break but didn’t feature in either of the two matches as he struggled with a muscle edema, which forced him to return to Rome early.
Immobile has had a positive start to the season, scoring five goals in the opening seven Serie A games, but now he’s set to be sidelined.
As highlighted by Corriere dello Sport (via LazioNews24), Immobile has missed just 20 league games out of a possible 235 since joining Lazio in 2016, and the team have not particularly impressed without him.
Out of these 20 games, Lazio have won just six, drawn seven and lost seven. When taking into account Europa League and Coppa Italia games, the absences rises to 33 and the overall tally improves a little, with 10 wins, 10 draws and 13 losses.
Last season, Immobile missed seven league matches. The Roman club won two of these, lost two and drew three, suggesting that the team may have a difficult outing against Spezia on the weekend.