On Sunday, Roma successfully secured a hard-fought 2-1 win over Lecce to make it two wins on the spin, which sees Jose Mourinho's side in fifth spot, one point behind reigning Scudetto holders AC Milan and four behind early league leaders Napoli.
New signing Paulo Dybala converted a penalty early on in the second half, which ended up being the decisive goal for the Giallorossi. However, the win has come at a high cost, as Dybala, who recently returned from injury, sustained another muscular injury and based on the words of his coach, fans of both the Argentinian national side as well as Roma may have cause for concern.
Shortly after taking the penalty, Dybala appeared to be in some discomfort and was subbed off promptly to be seen later sitting on the bench with an ice pack tied to his leg. After the match, Mourinho expressed his concerns about his player's latest injury concern, leaving fans to wonder if the 28-year-old will be able to join Argentina in the World Cup next month.
"I say bad, but I think [it's] very, very bad...[while] I am not a doctor, but in my experience, and speaking to Paulo, it's unlikely we'll see him again this year," Mourinho noted when speaking to DAZN post-match.
Argentina are set to begin their World Cup campaign on November 22nd in a group stage opener against Saudi Arabia, meaning that Dybala has less than six weeks to recover if he wants to have a shot at featuring in the South American titans' campaign. Meanwhile, Roma are hoping to remain competitive on multiple fronts as they hope to establish themselves as a serious Scudetto contender and make a serious run in the Europa League.