On-loan Juventus defender Federico Mattiello has undergone surgery after breaking his leg during Chievo's 0-0 draw with AS Roma on Sunday.
The 19-year-old is currently on loan at Chievo and had to be stretchered off the pitch during the first-half after he came off badly in a 50-50 challenge with AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan. The two players went in for a loose ball but sadly for the teenager his leg got caught up with the Belgium's leg and that resulted in the Chievo man breaking a bone.
If you have seen the footage of the incident, you will know how nasty the injury actually was as Mattiello's leg ended up in a horrid state.
Physios were quick on the scene and Mattiello was rushed off to a nearby hospital in Verona where he got treated and it has now been revealed that Juve's club doctor will work closely with Chievo's team in order to get the 19-year-old fully recovered as quick as possible.
Fabrizio Tencone, who is Juve's club doctor, worked closely with Chievo's medical team and also hospital specialist Professor Claudio Zorzi before the teenager had the surgery on his leg, and it was announced by the club today that the procedure went very well and was a success.
Mattiello had the surgery to his leg last night and this morning Chievo released a positive statement.
“AC Chievo Verona announces that the surgery performed on the player Federico Mattiello was a complete success,” the club wrote on its official website.
“The player will remain under observation in the orthopedics department at the Sacre Cuore hospital in Nergar, and will be constantly monitored prior to an official definition of the prognosis.
“The operation, which lasted two hours, was necessary as a result of a clash during the 16th minute of the first half of Chievo Verona-Roma, which caused a fracture of the tibia and fibula of the player’s right leg.”
A positive for both Chievo and Mattiello is that no ligament damage was suffered in the collision so that should mean a shorter time on the sidelines. However, it's not yet clear how long the teenager will be out for.
After the game, both managers sent their best wishes to the defender, as did Nainggolan, who was involved in the incident.
Chievo coach Rolando Maran told La Repubblica Sport: "It was a horrendous scene out there on the pitch. The incident has upset us all a great deal. Federico has only been with us for a few weeks but he has done well and we can all see that he's a great lad as well as a good footballer."
Roma boss Rudi Garcia added: "The darkest moment in today's game was Mattiello's injury and my thoughts are with him."
Nainggolan then took to his official Twitter account to apologise for what happened and was quick to wish the best to the Chievo man.
"I am so sorry for what happened to @mattiellofede during a normal part of the game," he tweeted. "You will come back stronger than you were before."
After the surgery last night, Mattiello tweeted himseld, assuring fans that he was okay and in good spirits.
He tweeted: "I thank everyone for the many messages , which give me the strength to look ahead !!!."
As well as the message, Mattiello attached a photo of himself in his hospital bed giving the thumbs up to his followers.
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