Kevin Strootman has no way out of his current injury problems after recent surgery to fix a problem in his knee failed to solve the issue, a former AS Roma doctor has claimed.
The Dutch midfielder has been struggling for fitness for almost a year after suffering cruciate ligament damage last March. He played just seven times for AS Roma this season before having to undergo 'clean up' surgery on the original injury.
However, Mario Brozzi, who is no longer part of AS Roma's medical set up, has heard that the surgery has not gone as well as intended. He suggests that unless Strootman undergoes further surgery, he sees no end to further injury problems.
“My impression is that the surgery on Strootman’s ligament did not go perfectly"
“My impression is that the surgery on Strootman’s ligament did not go perfectly,” Brozzi has told La Partita Perfetta on Gold TV. “I don’t know what happened to his knee, but his Cyclops syndrome results from a problem in the ligament’s position.
“The cartilaginous damage is determined by the extensive deficit. Now, if this is the situation, I see no way out. But it’s not up to me to say whether further surgery is needed.”
First and foremost, this is terrible news for the player and his current club. The midfield enforcer had made himself a key performer for AS Roma since arriving from PSV Eindhoven in 2013. Not only that, but he had also been a key player under Louis van Gaal's Netherlands team.
Now at Manchester United, Van Gaal has been consistently linked with a move for the 25-year-old. The Old Trafford boss was believed to be waiting for Strootman to regain full fitness before making a move.
On this evidence, it seems full fitness is some way away for the Dutchman, leaving doubts over Manchester United's interest. It is reported that Van Gaal ditched plans to sign Juventus' Arturo Vidal for similar reasons last summer.
If any club has the money to risk on a player like Strootman, it is Manchester United, but in an era of financial fair play regulations, even the richest club in the Premier League – soon to be, the world – need to be responsible.
As a defensive midfielder, Strootman will be making heavy challenges for the rest of his career, leaving him vulnerable to relapse. Despite this, Strootman's value is unlikely to drop much before the end of the summer. AS Roma are rumoured to want £60 million but even half of that would constitute a massive outlay for any club.
Manchester United need to give up on Strootman. As so many before him have proved, a cruciate knee injury is the beginning of the end. It is sad, and one can only hope that he bucks the trend. But for a club seeking a forceful midfielder this summer, they can't afford such a risky purchase.
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