£30m Manchester United target ruled out of World Cup with nightmare injury

Roma midfielder and Manchester United target Kevin Strootman has been ruled out of the World Cup this summer having torn his anterior cruciate ligament.

The Dutch midfielder, who joined Roma from PSV Eindhoven in a £17m deal last summer, has been starring for Rudi Garcia's side this season, and despite a move to Manchester United failing to materialise last summer, the Red Devils had been linked with another move for the 24-year-old this summer - though his price tag has shot up to £30m after a series of impressive displays in Serie A.

Having replaced Mark van Bommel in the Dutch national team since Euro 2012, Strootman was expected to be a key part of Louis van Gaal's side at this summer's World Cup, but will now miss the tournament having suffered a freak injury during last night's game with Napoli.

In chasing for the ball, Strootman landed awkwardly, and subsequently tore his anterior cruciate ligament - which has a recovery time of around six month - and a Roma statement told how Strootman will now undergo surgery to repair the injury in his knee.

"Kevin Strootman had an MRI scan this morning as he was examined by Professor Giuliano Cerulli. Tests showed he has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and there could also be damage to the meniscus. He will undergo surgery in the next few days," reported the Roma official website.

The news serves as a huge blow to Roma, who will now be without their key midfielder for the rest of the season, whilst Holland will also have to do without Strootman, which damages their chances of getting out of Group B at the World Cup, which contains Spain, Chile and Australia.

But it will also be disappointing to United boss David Moyes, who was reportedly eyeing a £30m swoop for Strootman this summer, as he still looks to improve his central midfield options.

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