Kevin Strootman’s recovery after follow-up surgery on his knee is on schedule confirmed medical staff back in the Netherlands.
An official statement from AS Roma said Strootman had been following an individual training program in order to build up his own fitness and so long as the Dutch midfielder continues to recover well, he should be back in action for next season.
Strootman effectively missed an entire seasons worth of football after suffering a cruciate ligament injury last year which ruled him out of Holland’s World Cup campaign and forced Louis van Gaal to adopt the unfamiliar 3-5-2 system which has since become a regular feature at Manchester United.
Since then, Strootman returned for AS Roma but had forced to undergo new surgery after complications emerged following his initial operation, forcing him to miss the majority of this season also.
For Strootman, he’ll be happy that the rehabilitation is going to plan, as will Louis van Gaal, but he has got a long way to go yet before he can make put these injury troubles behind him.
Of course, there is now the distinct possibility his injury woes will never leave him and whether Man United make a move for him depends entirely on whether the club feels he is worth the risk due to his fitness issues.