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Sunday 11 December 2016

Fears for Kevin Strootman's career as he undergoes third major knee operation

Roma president James Pallotta said that only a huge bid would be considered for the Dutch midfielder, who is wanted by Louis van Gaal.
Roma president James Pallotta said that only a huge bid would be considered for the Dutch midfielder, who is wanted by Louis van Gaal.

Injured Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has undergone a third operation on his left knee.

The Holland international has not featured for Roma since January and went under the knife on Tuesday for the third time in the space of 18 months in the hope of resolving a "lack of power" in his left knee.

Strootman tore his anterior crucial ligament in March 2014, but returned to action in November only to have to undergo a second surgery earlier this year.

A statement from Roma read: "Kevin Strootman underwent reconstructive ACL surgery on his left knee. The operation went well and the midfielder will now continue with his rehabilitation programme."

Dr Pierpaolo Mariani, the surgeon who carried out Strootman's operation on Tuesday, has not put a time frame on the player's recovery.

He said to the Italian press: "He will be back playing again, this is a promise I make as a surgeon and as a fan.

"The cruciate ligament has been reconstructed using his right tendon and now he will continue with his recovery, which will be determined by myself and Roma's medical staff.

"I'm happy with the operation, but we will need at least two months to see if it was successful because a surgeon can never know immediately.

"After a player has not played for a year-and-a-half, it is hard to set a precise time frame."

Strootman, who joined Roma in the summer of 2013 from PSV Eindhoven, is expected to be sidelined until the new year.

The 25-year-old enjoyed a strong debut campaign with Roma, scoring five goals and setting up six more in 25 league starts before injury struck

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