Saturday September 12 2020
Zaniolo: 'I have run out of knees'

Roma forward Nicolò Zaniolo has already started ‘counting down’ to his return from injury and stressed he has ‘never thought about quitting’, despite suffering his second ACL rupture in eight months.

The Giallorossi picked up a serious knee injury during Italy’s 1-0 win against Holland in the UEFA Nations League, having recently returned from a comparable ACL rupture in the other.

“At first, I didn’t have time to think,” he told Il Corriere dello Sport. “But later, I said to myself: ‘Noooo, again’.

“I already know everything, it will be hard, but I like to think it will be an experience that shapes me. I’m already counting down.”

The 21-year-old admitted he has had ‘his share of bad luck’ already but vows to fight his way back to the pitch.

“I never thought about quitting, not even when I realised it had happened again. I force myself, even if I don’t always manage to hold back my mood.

“Then, let’s say I have run out of knees, I have already had my share of bad luck.”

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