AS Roma's former doctor has advised Manchester United and Louis Van Gaal NOT to sign midfielder Kevin Strootman due to his injury history.
The Dutchman has been a long-term target of the Premier League side, with Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes and Van Gaal all keen on bringing him to Old Trafford over the past few years.
However, it was expected that the club would finally land Strootman due to Van Gaal taking over in the Summer and the duo working together in the Dutch national set-up.
Van Gaal named Strootman in his World Cup 23-man Netherlands squad, but the 25-year-old pulled out and missed the Summer tournament due to a serious knee injury sustained earlier in the year.
The midfielder has only recently returned to Roma's first-team set-up but has once again suffered another injury and is set to undergo surgery yet again.
Back in the Summer Van Gaal confirmed that he would monitor Strootman's recovery and would then reassess the situation in the New Year as to whether or not he'd sign him. The January transfer window went by and United didn't decide to launch a formal bid for the midfielder.
With the Summer window looming, it's expected that United will make yet another attempt to sign the Dutch star, but a former Roma doctor has advised the English club not to make a move.
Mario Brozzi, who used to work for Roma, believes the initial surgery went wrong on Strootman's knee and he believes it's impossible for him to be fully healed now.
Brozzi told Italian TV station Gold TV: “My impression is that the surgery on Strootman's ligament did not go perfectly.
“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.
“When I was in Rome, the only surgery we performed outside Trigoria was for [former striker Vincenzo] Montella, who went to Switzerland.”