Roma fortunes boosted by return of Totti

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In Italy, Serie A bookends in style this weekend with the joint leaders Roma and Internazionale opening the programme in the capital this afternoon and the Turin derby concluding the fixtures tomorrow evening.

Francesco Totti should return for Roma after missing the midweek draw at Fiorentina with a thigh strain. Totti has scored four goals in five matches. Inter are still without Marco Materazzi and Patrick Vieira but Christian Chivu, who left Roma this summer, may feature.

The Juventus coach, Claudio Ranieri, will recall Alessandro del Piero and Pavel Nedved to face Torino after resting them in midweek. There will be no spectators when Napoli host Genoa tomorrow. The ground has been closed after a linesman was hit by a bottle, and smokebombs thrown during the midweek win over Livorno.

In Spain, Bernd Schuster takes La Liga leaders Real Madrid to former club Getafe tomorrow. His replacement, Michael Laudrup, is still seeking his first league win. Barcelona, in fourth, are at bottom club Levante tomorrow. Ronaldinho has returned to training after an apparent calf problem. Seville, after three defeats, go to Real Zaragoza. Seville's president, Jose Maria del Nido, has dismissed claims that Juande Ramos, their coveted coach, is under threat.

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