In the 1-0 Serie A triumph at the Stadio Olimpico, attacking midfielder Zaniolo injured his shoulder and had to be replaced just before halftime.
The unlucky Giallorossi suffered yet another major setback just one day after new signing Georginio Wijnaldum shattered his leg in practice.
The Roma manager Mourinho is worried that Zaniolo might also have a protracted absence, but he advises his players not to be self-pitying.
Mourinho remarked, “I’m worried, but that’s life.
“Crying over it won’t make it better.
“Obviously, you have ideas and plans in place for how you want to play â€“ and then you immediately find yourself in a situation where we are a few players down. But that’s football, it can happen, and we need to look forward.”
Mourinho is unsure whether he will be able to go back into the transfer market for replacements.
He added: “Right now, everyone wants the same thing, which is to make the right decisions for the club. These decisions are down to the ownership and the general manager.
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“They know before this exactly what I would have liked â€“ and now we have these new difficulties after the injuries to Zaniolo and Wijnaldum. But we are all united and together we will try to find the best possible solution.”
Chris Smalling scored the only goal of the game against Cremonese to make it two Serie A wins out of two for Roma.