Totti misses Red Devils clash

Thigh strain keeps Roma skipper on sidelines

Roma will be without captain Francesco Totti for Tuesday's crunch UEFA Champions League clash with Manchester United.

The talismanic Giallorossi skipper has been ruled out of the quarter-final first leg tie against The Red Devils with a thigh strain.

The former Italy international suffered the strain toward the conclusion of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Cagliari in Serie A, a game in which he found the back of the net.

"At the end of Saturday's encounter, Francesco Totti complained of a pain in the flexor of his left thigh," read a statement on the club's official website.

"On Sunday morning he was subjected to tests that highlighted a muscular injury in the cavity of the left thigh flexor. The player will have to have a period of rest and the situation will be monitored over the next few days."

The news of Totti's absence against the in-form Red Devils is a major blow to Roma's hope of progressing as he is the club's leading scorer with 14 league goal this season.