Sunday January 12 2020
Confirmed: Zaniolo has torn ACL

Roma and Italy talent Nicolò Zaniolo will have surgery on Monday for a torn anterior cruciate ligament, ruling him out for the rest of the season.

The statement from the club confirmed not only is there a torn right ACL, but also damage to the meniscus in the same knee.

He had run past several Juventus players during this evening’s 2-1 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico when he went down on the edge of the area.

There seemed to be relatively little contact, but his leg appeared to buckle and he was stretchered off in tears.

The 20-year-old was taken directly by ambulance to the Villa Stuart sports injury clinic in Rome for tests, which confirmed a torn ACL.

He will go under the knife on Monday, with surgery expected to rule him out for six months.

His mother drove him home and he will return to Villa Stuart tomorrow morning.

Zaniolo is a key player for Roma, contributing six goals and two assists in 23 competitive games this season.

He is also one of the candidates to start for Italy at Euro 2020 this summer.

Zaniolo has posted an image on Instagram of the moment he was on the stretcher with Cristiano Ronaldo trying to reassure him.

“I swear to you… I will return stronger than ever.”

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