Injury worry for Chivu

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By Nadia Carminati
Cristian Chivu has emerged as a major doubt for Roma's weekend Serie A encounter with Internazionale.

Roma coach Fabio Capello will be looking for his charges to spoil Alberto Zaccheroni's start to his reign as Inter coach, but he may have to do without the services of his influential Romanian defender.

Chivu has picked up an ankle injury and admits his chances of facing Inter are slim.

"The ankle is giving me pain," said Chivu. "And at present the chances of me playing on Sunday are small."

Chivu has not trained since injuring his ankle against Parma, but the club's medical staff will give the former Ajax man until the last minute to prove his fitness.