ROMA will make a decision on Jack Rodwell’s fitness next week.

The ex-Manchester City midfielder, 28, is training with the Italian giants with view to signing as a free agent.

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Jack Rodwell just needs to prove his fitness to complete a shock move to Roma after leaving Blackburn in the summer

But they want to assess whether the ex-Everton and Sunderland man is fit enough to play immediately and cover for injuries to Lorenzo Pellegrini and Amadou Diawara.

Roma, who are sixth in Serie A and battling in the Europa League, are also looking at former Empoli midfielder Marcel Buchel.

They are set to decide on the signings early next week after the pair have completed more training sessions to prove their fitness.

Roma sporting director Gianluca Petrachi is a long-term admirer of Rodwell, who has also received a recommendation fromm ex-City team-mate Aleksandr Kolarov.

He has been looking for a club since leaving Blackburn last season and would join Chris Smalling, who is at Roma on loan from Manchester United.

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Ex-England centre-back Smalling was the victim of an amazing and expensive reffing blunder in the Europa League on Thursday night.

the 29-year-old conceded a 94th minute penalty, which Borussia Monchengladbach converted for a 1-1 draw, after hte ball clearly hit him in the face.

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Smalling tweeted: "Disbelief that this decision went against us… We deserved the 3 points, so disappointed…"

it was the latest blow for a Roma squad whose nine-man injury list includes five midfielders.

Rodwell would surely pounce at the chance to revive his career following four miserable years at Sunderland and an intermittent term with Blackburn in the Championship.

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