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Zaniolo drops fitness update after ACL rupture nightmare

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Nicolo Zaniolo is hoping for a speedy recovery following suffering a second anterior cruciate ligament injury in less than a year.

Italy managed to snatch all three points from the Netherlands in the Nations League Group A1 clash on Monday, but the night was still filled with sorrow for Nicolo Zaniolo.

A collision with Donny van de Beek brought Zaniolo’s night to an early end as he limped off the field minutes prior to the half-time break.

Shortly after the match, AS Roma released a medical report detailing his injury, confirming that the 21-year old had torn the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.

The report also mentioned that that player will undergo surgery on Wednesday for the treatment of the same.

The highly-rated midfielder suffered a similar injury on his right knee last season with Roma and missed 14 matches before making his full recovery only in July.

A recurring injury in such a short timeframe might be a worrying sign, but Zaniolo is optimistic about returning to the pitch soon.

“For the many people who are asking me how I am, this morning I carried out the tests that highlighted the rupture of the cruciate ligament in my left knee,” he wrote on Instagram.

“I thank everyone, both Roma fans and others for the support… I’ll be back soon!”