Roma Olanda (@ASRomaOlanda) November 9, 2014
Roma took on Torino at the Stadio Olimpico this evening, winning the game 3-0 thanks to goals from Vassillis Torosidis, Seydou Keita and Adem Ljajic. But the main attraction was certainly not the goalscorers. Instead it was the return to action of Manchester United target Kevin Strootman.
The Dutch international entered the fray in the 86th minute for Keita for his first appearance of the season. Strootman has been recovering from a serious knee injury suffered in April.
He has not played since rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament in a game against Parma on April 2nd of this year. Now, after seven months out he is back, and his five minute cameo seemed to go without a hitch.
He had earlier Tweeted his excitement at playing again, so it was likely a big moment for him when he was thrown into the action. It will also have Manchester United fans talking.
Louis van Gaal is a big fan of his countryman, who would have been at the World Cup this summer were it not for a terrible knee injury. Sir Alex Ferguson was also a big fan of the player in his time at Manchester United. He is reportedly the club's number one transfer target for the winter.
Valued at around £40 million a move in January would seem unlikely. He has just a couple of months to prove he has suffered no ill-effects from what is a serious injury.
But it is still great to see a talented player get back into action after what can be a career ending injury problem.