Monday January 13 2020
Demiral season over with torn ACL

Juventus defender Merih Demiral has been ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament with additional meniscus damage.

The Turkey international had scored the opening goal in last night’s 2-1 Serie A victory over Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.

He then landed heavily after jumping for a header and limped off the field.

Taken in for tests at the J-Medical Centre this morning, doctors confirmed Demiral has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, with additional meniscus damage.

This will require surgery and usually rules players out for at least six months, which effectively ends not only Demiral’s season, but also his chances of playing at Euro 2020 for Turkey, in the same group as Italy.

Those two teams are due to meet at the Stadio Olimpico in June.

It’s an identical injury to the one sustained by Roma midfielder Nicolò Zaniolo during the same match and he too is out for six months, pending today’s operation.

Demiral had recently pushed Matthijs de Ligt out of the starting line-up at Juventus, with reports of offers up to €50m rejected from Arsenal, Manchester City and Leicester City.

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