Given the amount of reports linking AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman with a move to Manchester United, supporters will have held their breath when the midfielder picked up a new knee injury at the weekend.
Strootman lasted just over half an hour during a 1-1 draw away at Fiorentina and initial thoughts were ones of pessimism given it was the same knee that ended his last campaign and kept him out of the World Cup.
The midfielder has made just a handful of appearances as Roma nurse him back after a long-term absence. Strootman continued to be linked with a move to Old Trafford with Louis van Gaal keen to get the deal done this month.
Roma have consistently denied rumours the Dutchman will leave before next week’s deadline and manager Rudi Garcia says the new injury isn’t serious.
“The doctor has seen it and it seems that it isn’t a serious injury,” he said.
“But with a knee we must always be careful.
“Let’s see what happens in the next few hours, he has already suffered so much with knee injuries.”
Strootman appears integral to Van Gaal’s plans to move away from 3-5-2 next season given he also lined up with the same formation with Holland during the World Cup solely down to the absence of Strootman.
Whilst many believe a deal will be done for Strootman in the summer, United fans will hold on to the hope they may strengthen this month off the back of a poor run of form.