Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has revealed that his latest knee problem is more serious than first anticipated.
Reported Manchester United target Kevin Strootman has opened up on Twitter about his latest fitness setback which could leave him sidelined for several months.
The Dutch midfielder returned to action for Roma in November after eight months out with a torn cruciate ligament which forced him to miss the World Cup, before going on to make five starts in seven total appearances.
He was substituted in the 34th-minute of last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Fiorentina with another knee problem, however, with manager Rudi Garcia declaring at the time that his latest knock was “nothing serious”.
The former PSV Eindhoven star was hopeful of returning in a matter of weeks but, after undergoing a minor procedure back in Amsterdam to remove some scar tissue from the previous knee operation in March, it’s been discovered that the problem is more serious than first thought.
The scar tissue from my previous operation has been removed successfully today. Unfortunately some cartilaginous damage, caused by... 1/3— Kevin Strootman (@Kevin_strootman) January 30, 2015
... the knock in the Fiorentina match, was found too. This means I have to take a longer rest period than anticipated earlier... 2/3— Kevin Strootman (@Kevin_strootman) January 30, 2015
... and I am extremely disappointed that it will take much longer before I can be back on the pitch again. 3/3— Kevin Strootman (@Kevin_strootman) January 30, 2015
Strootman, 24, has been mooted as one of the top transfer targets for United boss Louis van Gaal since his ex-national team manager’s arrival at Old Trafford last summer, with ESPN reporting this month that a £40 million summer bid is being lined up.
Dutch journalists Hors Borst even claimed during an interview with TalkSport in November that the pair had “shaken hands” on a Red Devils move, but it remains to be seen whether another long spell out will affect the club’s proposed pursuit of his signature.