Garcia: Roma have turned a corner

Garcia’s side ended a four-match winless run with a 2-1 triumph in Sardinia, but the former Lille boss knows it will count for little if they do not follow it up against Serie A’s bottom side, Parma, on Sunday.

“I believe that we are back on track,” he told his club’s official website. “The aim was to return to winning ways in Sardinia and we did it. Now we must give continuity to this result.”

He continued: “We will now focus on our game against Parma knowing that we will welcome back many players.

“But I have to say that my young players have proved to me that they are ready to deliver when called upon.”

The Giallorossi had won just two games in their last eight before the Palermo clash to fade behind Juventus in the race at the top and they go into this weekend’s action seven points adrift.

Roma were without 12 players for the game at Cagliari and Garcia expects defender Leandro Castan and midfielder Daniele De Rossi to return on Sunday.

Wednesday’s 1-0 reverse at Chievo was Parma’s fifth straight loss and their 18th overall.

The Ducale club, whose new owners Mapi Group must pay six months of outstanding wages by Monday to avoid a three-point deduction, are at the foot of the standings, 12 points from safety.

Roberto Donadoni’s side travels to Rome without suspended midfielder Daniele Galloppa.

“We are not giving up,” Donadoni said. “Despite another negative result, my players gave their all to get a win.

“I’m happy with the performance.

“Now we must show the same determination in our next game hoping to recover some injured players.”

Parma are hoping to recover defenders Massimo Gobbi and Andrea Costa, with both struggling because of muscular problems.