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Reported Tottenham Hotspur target Leonardo Spinazzola faces nine months on the sidelines after suffering a serious injury in Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph over Belgium, specialist sports doctor Francesco Della Villa has told Corriere dello Sport, via TMW

You’d have a heart of stone not to feel some pang of sympathy for Spinazzola. 

Until the second half of Friday’s quarter-final victory over Belgium, the Roma flyer was one of the front runners for the Golden Ball award, the driving force behind an Italy side that sacrificed its catenaccio roots for a thrilling, free-flowing approach more usually associated with Spain, the Netherlands or Germany.

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Spinazzola’s swashbuckling displays on the international stage had even caught the eye of Real Madrid, if reports are to be believed, while Spurs were also keeping tabs on the right-footed left-back (Express).

“For me he’s a top player, but I’ve been saying that since he was at Juventus,” former Serie A ace Simone Altobelli said a fortnight ago. 

“It is scary because he manages to beat the man in the last 30m. I hope Roma don’t give him to Real Madrid. I know the Spaniards and Tottenham want the player.” 

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So when Spinazzola stopped in his tracks on Friday night, tears flowing as the reality of the situation become apparent, the most unfortunate and ill-timed of injury blows felt that little bit more cruel.

The 28-year-old’s tournament had just come to a premature end, while his hopes of a big-money move to a European giant have also gone up in smoke. 

“There’s no reason why Spinazzola can’t recover well. He has all the features (required) for an excellent recovery,” says Della Villa, co-ordinator of scientific activity at the FIFA-recognised Isokinetic group. 

“The average (recovery time) is 200 days. The return to training is therefore closer to seven months, while a return to match action will take eight to nine.” 

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