Mauro Icardi is struggling with his hernia problems recently but some of his other well-documented physical activities will not be helping.
In February 2013 Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for Sampdoria striker Mauro Icardi. The player was linked with several big clubs this summer including the likes of Tottenham and Manchester City - and you can understand why.
The talented 20-year-old was dubbed ‘the next Maradona’ as a kid and was snapped up by Barcelona at the age of 15.
From there he moved to Sampdoria for first-team football - and despite the interest from the Premier League he became an Inter Milan player in the summer rather than making the switch to Anfield.
In all honesty it has been something of a dodged bullet so far for the Merseyside outfit.
Icardi has been making more headlines off the pitch then he has off of it. He was in the news for having an affair with the wife of fellow Argentine international and former Catania striker Maxi Lopez in November - something that saw Diego Maradona tell him he would have punched him for such a ‘betrayal’.
Meanwhile on the pitch, life has been far less exciting or successful as it is in the bedroom department.
He has spent much of his time out this season with hernia problems … but the two are surely not related.
Or are they?
His current squeeze Wanda Nara has not been bashful about discussing what goes on behind closed doors between the two - and Dr Andrea Campi has made it clear that such behaviour is not conducive to a 100% recovery from this recurring problem:
“Although I would exclude a direct correlation between the two activities, there does need to be some common sense. It is obvious that someone who just underwent surgery for a sports hernia ought to have as calm a lifestyle as possible, avoiding excessive physical strain.”
Unfortunately Campi is asking Icardi to essentially choose between football and sex - the two life-forces of many a man’s existence.
We will know which he chooses by his return date - although he is expected to be loaned out to Trapani upon his return.
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