Garcia: Strootman & Castan like new signings for Roma

The Dutchman has been sidelined since January with a knee problem, while the Brazilian defender underwent brain surgery last December

Rudi Garcia has played down the lack of transfer activity at Roma, arguing that Kevin Strootman and Leandro Castan are like new signings for the capital club.

The Giallorossi have extended Victor Ibarbo's loan stay at the Stadio Olimpico until 2016 but they have only brought in one fresh face, Iago Falque, who has arrived from Genoa.

However, Garcia insists he is not perturbed by Roma's low-key market activity, highlighting the returns of fit-again duo Strootman and Castan for Monday's pre-season training camp at Pinzolo.

"They are like new signings for us in this transfer window because we missed them a lot last year," the Frenchman told his club's TV channel.

"But all of the squad are in good form; there's loads of enthusiasm. I wanted a lot of youth with us because - aside from Iago Falque - we haven't had any new additions yet.

"But I'm happy and full of enthusiasm. I can't wait to start."

Netherlands midfielder Strootman has been sidelined since January with a knee problem, while Brazilian centre-half Castan missed nearly all of last season after being forced to undergo brain surgery in December.