Kevin Strootman’s career at risk, ex-Roma doctor admits

The Netherlands international has gone under the knife for another knee operation, which has been deemed to have been unsuccessful.

It has been a torrid 12 months for Roma and Netherlands midfielder Kevin Strootman, who has suffered two serious knee injuries that have blighted his superb progress in the game.

Widely adjudged as one of the finest box-to-box midfielders in Europe, the former PSV Eindhoven man missed the World Cup in the summer due to a cruciate ligament blow.

After recuperating and making his way back into first-team contention for the Italian capital city side, Strootman recently suffered a reoccurrence of the knee injury that promises to keep him out of action for the rest of the season.

However, according to former Roma doctor Mario Brozzi, the Dutchman’s career may well be at risk.

Brozzi admitted to the Italian press that Strootman’s most recent surgery had not been a success and that he is blighted by ‘Cyclops Syndrome’ - a complication in his knee ligaments.

”I don’t know what happened to his knee, but his Cyclops Syndrome results from a problem in the ligament’s position,” the doctor told La Partita Perfetta on Gold TV, republished in The Guardian.

“The cartilaginous damage is determined by the extensive deficit. Now, if this is the situation, I see no way out. But it’s not up to me to say whether further surgery is needed.

“I see no way back for Kevin Strootman. My impression is that his operation was not successful.”

Strootman has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United in recent years, but it appears that he has a long way back to just being able to play, nevermind moving to England.

Roma have managed without their Dutch star due to the superb form this season of Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan.

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