Heartbreak for Nicolo Zaniolo as Roma star suffers second ACL tear of 2020

Nicolo Zaniolo has been ruled out for the rest of 2020 after suffering an ACL tear while on international duty.

Zaniolo picked up the injury while playing for Italy against the Netherlands, and scans have confirmed the worst.

After undergoing tests at Villa Stuart on Tuesday morning, Roma have confirmed that Zaniolo has suffered a complete tear to the ACL of his left knee.

The winger will undergo surgery on Wednesday.

It comes just two months after Zaniolo recovered from an ACL injury to his other knee, which he suffered in January.

After returning to action in July, Zaniolo contributed two goals from nine appearances. In total, he scored eight goals from 33 games in 2019-20.

Zaniolo wrote on Instagram after this morning’s news: “For the many, many people who have been asking how I am, this morning I underwent medical checks that revealed a tear of the cruciate ligament in my left knee.

“I thank all of you, those of you who are Roma fans and those that aren’t, for the support… I will be back soon!”

Since the announcement, several clubs and players have come forward with messages of support, including his former teams Inter Milan and Virtus Entella.

AC Milan and Parma are among the other Serie A sides to have made their solidarity known for Zaniolo in his recovery.

Teammates Riccardo Calafiori – who himself suffered a similar injury in 2018 – and Gonzalo Villar were among the first players to comment on the news.

Calafiori posted on Instagram: “Lost for words… Forza Nico.” Villar wrote on the same platform: “We are with you brother.”

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