There was a blow for both supporters of AS Roma and potentially Manchester United on Thursday afternoon as it was announced Kevin Strootman would undergo further knee surgery.
Strootman suffered a serious knee ligament injury early in 2014 which curtailed his Serie A campaign and also meant he missed the World Cup, causing selection issues for Louis van Gaal.
Under normal circumstances it would appear Strootman would have been top of Van Gaal’s shopping list when he first arrived at Old Trafford but the midfielder has only just returned to regular first team action.
Obviously, there were fears about the seriousness of any injury given the Dutchman has only just returned to action but the Strootman himself has allayed any long-term worries.
“There’s a lot of speculation in the media about me and I would like to explain to all the fans what the real problem is,” Strootman declared on his official Twitter account.
“In the match against Fiorentina I got a knock on my left knee. It’s bruised and therefore I should rest my knee for a couple of weeks.
“This gives me the opportunity to remove some scar tissue which has bothered me a bit after the last surgery and this will help me further in getting back to my old level.
“It’s nothing serious and I will be back on the pitch as soon as possible.”
Van Gaal’s autobiographer confirmed last year the manager has an ‘obsession’ with signing Strootman and it would seem almost certain United will swoop in the summer if he returns to full fitness.