Ashley Cole has been left out of Roma’s squad for the most prestigious club tournament in the game, along with their domestic season. The ex-Premier League player has struggled to assert himself in the Roma starting XI after joining them last July.
Lucas Digne was signed in the summer from Paris Saint Germain, which could spell the beginning of the end for Cole’s career in the Italian capital, who only made 16 appearances in all competitions. He’ll only be able to add to that total through the Coppa Italia, as Cole was also left out of the Giallorossi’s 25 man squad for the Serie A. Cole’s Roma career took another bullet this week when he wasn’t even listed on Roma’s official website as a player of the club. It was initially reported that Roma would terminate Cole’s contract, which has one year left before it expires, but there has been know official statement suggesting that this has taken place.
The left-back has even admitted that he has struggled to adapt to the Italian style of play, as he recently said;
In the Premier League you have smaller more nippy wingers but here it’s defensive so you get a big guy on your side and many teams play wing-backs and sometimes you mark two. Maybe it was a bit too physical for me and I wasn’t ready for it.
Another key omission was Netherlands midfielder Kevin Strootman who underwent his third knee in two years this week. Though Roma will be without Strootman and Champions league winner Cole, they will still be excited for their venture into Europe’s top competition, with games against last years victors Barcelona to look forward to.