Reported Manchester United target allays fears on Facebook after latest injury blow

Kevin Strootman playing for PSV, Jonathan Reis for Vitesse

Set for surgery once again, Kevin Strootman sought to clarify his situation through social media.

Kevin Strootman - heavily linked with Manchester United by the Daily Star, among others - has stated via his official Facebook page that his latest knee injury is not serious and should only see him sidelined for a few weeks.

The Dutchman had to be substituted just after the half-hour mark during Roma’s 1-1 draw with Fiorentina on Sunday, having picked up a knock to his left knee.

Roma were initially left to fear the worst as it is the same knee in which Strootman suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear last March, keeping him out of action for eight months.

Strootman missed the remainder of the Serie A campaign and the World Cup, only returning to the pitch in November and playing 326 minutes of football this term.

A medical report released by Roma on Thursday indicated that examinations revealed the Dutchman currently has mass of fibrous tissue in his knee – called Cyclops Syndrome.

The midfielder is set to go under the knife in Amsterdam on Friday to correct the problem, at which time Stootman’s previously damaged ACL will also be evaluated.

The 24-year-old’s injury woes have factored heavily into rumours of an impending swoop by Manchester United for his services, given his questionable health.

Strootman’s rehabilitative status last summer prevented any move by the Red Devils, while Roma have been adamant they won’t sell this month.

Meanwhile, the midfielder’s latest problem has certainly nixed any remote chances of a January deal that remained.

In positive news for the Giallorossi and the interested Louis van Gaal, Strootman took to Facebook to address speculation about the extent of his injury.

The Netherlands international has maintained that surgery will aid him in returning to peak form – with a bruise already ruling him out – and that he’ll return in a few weeks’ time.

Roma will need Strootman back as soon as possible with Juventus fast opening up a significant lead in the Scudetto race courtesy of the Giallorossi’s poor form.

An injury to vice-captain Daniele De Rossi also leaves Rudi Garcia’s midfield rather thin at the moment, and with three competitions to contest, Roma can’t be without Strootman for too long.

United will be pleased from afar that the 24-year-old hasn’t sustained serious damage based on a previous injury, though it remains to be seen how Strootman’s short-term future will play out come the summer.

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