Sensational striker Ezequiel Ponce who snubbed Tottenham Hotspur for Roma's career takes cruel twist

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Ezequiel Ponce has suffered a serious knee injury.

Roma pulled off an exciting coup earlier this year when they clinched a deal to sign Argentine wonderkid Ezequiel Ponce.

They beat Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur to his signing, with Talksport reporting how Newell's Old Boys club president Guillermo Lorente had confirmed the North London side had made an approach.

Newell's was one of Mauricio Pochettino's former clubs, but Roma managed to ensure this was not a deciding factor as they tempted the young striker to move to Italy.

Ponce was compared in his homeland at the time to the great Gabriel Batistuta, and already featuring for his club's first team.

At Roma this season he did not manage to get into the first team, instead playing for the under-19 side in the UEFA Youth League.

He has already been showing his ability, scoring three goals in his opening four games, and providing four assists.

This included an impressive brace against Barcelona in a 3-3 draw, but he will be involved in the competition no longer.

Roma confirmed via their official website yesterday that Ponce has undergone surgery after injuring his knee ligaments.

He suffered the injury in the game against Barcelona, despite completing 90 minutes, and the operation has been to rebuild the anterior ligaments in his right knee.

Ponce's decision to join Roma ahead of Tottenham was looking like a sound enough choice, and may yet still play dividends.

The rapid progress he was making has suffered a cruel twist, and it could be as long as until this time next year until he gets back to where he was.

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