Lazio give Ravel Morrison Europa League chance at Rosenborg
Ravel Morrison will get a chance to prove his worth to Lazio coach Silvio Pioli against Rosenborg in the Europa League on Thursday.
Morrison, 22, has featured only three times in Serie A since arriving on a free transfer in the summer, getting just over 50 minutes of action.
Last month, the former Manchester United and West Ham midfielder hinted at a January moved on Twitter.
Pioli, meanwhile, criticised him for not learning Italian or getting to grips with his tactics.
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But with the manager's focus on Sunday's city derby against Roma in Serie A, he is resting many first team regulars for the trip to Norway.
That hands Morrison his chance, and Pioli told a news conference on Wednesday: "It could be his night.
"He's training well and is getting more and more used to our team's way of playing, and tomorrow could be his chance."
Pioli has left Marco Parolo and Felipe Anderson behind in Rome and is also without defender Stefan De Vrij, whose absence will stretch into 2016.
"Lazio announces that Stefan De Vrij underwent surgery in Antwerp on a femoral micro-fracture and a lateral arthroscope of the left knee," a statement on the club's official website said.
It confirmed that the Dutch defender will be out "for approximately six months."
Lazio, with two Europa League wins and a draw to their name so far, would need just a point from their remaining two games to reach the knockout phase of the tournament if they beat Rosenborg.