Wednesday September 9 2020
Zaniolo postpones ACL operation

Unlucky Roma talent Nicolò Zaniolo has decided in accordance with his club to wait a few days before having his second ACL surgery in nine months.

The 21-year-old tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Italy’s 1-0 Nations League victory in the Netherlands on Monday evening.

He underwent tests in Rome to confirm the diagnosis early Tuesday morning and it was assumed he’d have the operation on Wednesday.

However, in agreement with his club medical staff, Zaniolo has decided to take a few days before he goes under the knife.

It’s reported he is considering a different venue and surgeon to the Villa Stuart clinic, which patched up his right knee in January.

He could fly out to America for a visit with specialist Dr Freddie Fu at the University of Pittsburgh’s Medical Center, where Zlatan Ibrahimovic had surgery in 2017.

The player is understandably distraught, as he had only recently made his comeback from tearing the ACL in his right knee on January 12.

That kept him out of action for six months, returning as a substitute in the 2-1 defeat to Napoli on July 5.

Zaniolo made nine appearances for Roma between Serie A and the Europa League, scoring two goals, after his comeback.

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