Roma striker Antonio Cassano has been dropped for Wednesday’s Champions League game with Bayer Leverkusen.
Cassano, is reported to have been involved in a row at the weekend with coach Luigi Del Neri.
“I am not interested in talking about Cassano,” Del Neri said.
“Cassano is not needed and is at home.
“We will play with two strikers and that is it. Today it is like that, tomorrow we will see,” added the Roma coach who said Vincenzo Montella would partner captain Francesco Totti in attack.
Cassano, who has fallen out with several coaches during his career, was substituted at half-time in Roma’s 5-1 win over Cagliari on Sunday and several reports claimed he had rowed with Del Neri.
“Totti and Montella are the Roma strikers at the moment. Do I need to explain why? One has scored eight goals, the other six. At this moment Cassano is at home. That is a fact. I am the coach not a club director,” Del Neri said.
“It is my right not to pick Cassano.
“If Cassano scores goals he is better than the others. If he doesn’t score then he isn’t. No one says that he is superior.”