Tuesday December 3 2019
Zapata: 'Complicated injury'

Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata might not be back in time to face Shakhtar Donetsk as he admits his injury has been “serious and complicated”.

The Colombian was expected to return after the next match in Serie A, but he conceded he was still unsure.

“There’s still no precise date set for my return,” Zapata told Sky Sport Italia. “I don’t know when I’ll be back.

“I need to heal because this injury to the tendon is very serious and complicated.

“Let’s say, if it had only been muscular, I would have already returned to the pitch by now.”

Zapata has been out since he suffered a thigh injury while on international duty in October.

Yesterday, the Gazzetta dello Sport reported he was about to resume training and could be ready to face Shakhtar on December 11.

Now, the 28-year-old has explained that he doesn’t want to rush back in action and is trusting his teammates to get the job done in Ukraine.

“I need to take care of myself first and then I’ll return,” he added.

“My teammates know that we are playing for our season against Shakhtar, but I am convinced the team will play a great match to go through.”

Before the crunch game in the Champions League, Atalanta face Hellas Verona in Serie A on Saturday.

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