Mourinho reveals response to Spinazzola injury; praises potential replacement Emerson

Jose Mourinho has revealed he has been in contact with Leonardo Spinazzola after his devastating injury blow.

Spinazzola was one of the standout stars of Euro 2020 until he ruptured his Achilles tendon in Italy’s quarter-final win over Belgium.

The left-back has been ruled out for anywhere between four months and a whole year, although Mourinho has estimated the recovery period at six months.

The incoming boss knows it will be a big blow, not just for him but also for Italy.

He told talkSPORT as part of his duties covering Euro 2020: “They lost, of course, Spinazzola, which is awful for them.

“Imagine for me, because I’m not going to have him for around six months, but thinking about the Euros, they lose a very important player for them.”

There have already been several reports of who might replace Spinazzola at Roma. One of the main options could be Emerson Palmieri, who came on for the 28-year-old on Friday and has played for the club before.

Currently on the fringes at Chelsea, Emerson was then described as a “very good player” by Mourinho, who was judging him in an Italy capacity rather than mentioning him explicitly as a solution for Roma.

Mourinho continued: “Emerson is playing now and of course Emerson is a good player. He’s an experienced player. He didn’t play much at Chelsea, but he’s a very good player.

“But Spinazzola was playing amazingly well.”

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Mourinho is currently at Trigoria as he continues his quarantine following his arrival in Rome, but he has been able to communicate with some of his players. He revealed he has been in touch with Spinazzola, who seemed in good spirits when reflecting Italy’s confidence ahead of their Euros semi-final with Spain.

Mourinho said: “I spoke today with Spinazzola; he was also telling me about how confident the guys are.

“I wouldn’t say 100% they are in the final, no way I would say that, because I have of course lots of respect for football and for the Spanish team, because I don’t think the Spanish team is as strong as Italy is, but they have talent.”

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