Roma's Dutch international midfielder Kevin Strootman was dealt a cruel blow when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament and there are suggestions in Italy that the injury has scared off Manchester United.
Strootman signed for Roma from PSV Eindhoven last summer and has been magnificent for the Giallorossi.
Manchester United were said to be interested in the 24-year-old prior to his arrival in the Eternal City and his form in Italy can only have further captivated the Red Devils.
But disaster struck for Strootman when he suffered one of football's most dreaded injuries during Roma's game with Napoli.
Strootman fell awkwardly in a challenge for the ball and is now out of action for at least six months with a confirmed tear of the anterior cruciate ligament.
The news has stunned Roma and further dented their remote title chances and has ruled Strootman out of the World Cup.
There had been suggestions that United were ready to table £30m to try and lure Strootman as they continue to search for a solution to their midfield woes.
While a move is still possible in theory, reports in Italy are adamant that the English side won't take the risk and will instead look elsewhere.