The Portugal international has spent the majority of his career swapping clubs in myriad leagues after impressing during his formative days at Porto - from which he earned a move to Tottenham Hotspur in 2003.
A disappointing sole campaign at White Hart Lane, in which he scored just twice, saw the striker immediately shipped back to his previous employers, going on to do the rounds in France, Greece and Spain in addition to his home nation.
Postiga’s latest travels took him to Lazio on loan in January, brought in to provide veteran cover for Miroslav Klose as Sergio Floccari departed for Sassuolo.
The 31-year-old was known to be injured on arrival in a calculated move from the Aquile, and now the latest reports suggest his time in the Italian capital could conclude without a single appearance.
A calf problem had dogged the veteran hitman during the first half of the season at Valencia, with a report from Spanish outlet Las Provincias claiming a serious back problem arose.
Surgery has been suggested as a possibility, a scenario that could rule Postiga out for the remainder of the season, though confirmation is yet to arrive from Lazio's medical staff on the Portuguese’s condition.
Lazio had expected the new signing to imminently be available to coach Edy Reja, but at the very least the ex-Spurs man’s recovery period could be extended beyond the near future.
Postiga, who arrived at the Stadio Olimpico with the option to make his move permanent for €3.5m, potentially runs the risk of missing out on the World Cup with a a lengthy lay-off.
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