UEFA Euro 2020

Leonardo Spinazzola undergoes surgery on Achilles injury

Jamie Spencer
Leonardo Spinazzola has had surgery to repair his damaged Achilles
Leonardo Spinazzola has had surgery to repair his damaged Achilles / Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Roma have confirmed that left-back Leonardo Spinazzola has undergone successful surgery to repair the ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered during Italy’s Euro 2020 quarter-final win over Belgium.

A distraught Spinazzola, who has been one of the players of the tournament, was stretchered from the pitch by medics in the closing stages of his country’s 2-1 win to reach the semi-finals. His Azzurri teammates later chanted his name on their flight out of Munich after the game.

Now, Roma have shared news that Spinazzola went under the knife of renowned surgeon Lasse Lempainen at a clinic in Finland. Lempainen also recently operated on Barcelona and France winger Ousmane Dembele, whose Euro 2020 was ended by a knee injury.

Roma have not given a potential timeframe for Spinazzola’s recovery, only confirming that he will continue to be assessed by club medics over the next few weeks.

Typically, an Achilles injury of this nature might rule a player out for seven or eight months. That could mean Spinazzola remains sidelined until February 2022.

New Roma coach Jose Mourinho said he feels ‘sorry’ that the 28-year-old will be out for significant period of time, but has insisted the focus now has to be on the squad’s immediate preparations for the new season - “We have to be ready to start next week.”

Spinazzola’s form at Euro 2020 had sparked transfer rumours of a potential summer move. He joined Roma from Juventus in 2019 after seven different loan spells at various Serie A and Serie B clubs, but in recent weeks had been linked with Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG, Chelsea and Tottenham.

An Azzurri side without Spinazzola will face Spain on Tuesday for a place in the Euro 2020 final. The winner of that tie will face whoever prevails in the other semi-final between England and Denmark.

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