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February 17, 2017
AS Roma star Alessandro Florenzi has had a second surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, bringing an end to his 2016-17 season.
The club confirmed the news via their official website, adding his recovery is expected to take five months.
Per the Giallorossi’s official website, Florenzi ruptured his ACL in October during a match against Sassuolo. He had been working his way back to full health since.
Serie A rivals Inter Milan sent the 25-year-old a classy message via Twitter, wishing him well with his recovery:
F.C. Internazionale @Inter_en
Top players like you always come back even stronger. Get well soon, @Florenzi. We want to see you back in action #FCIM
2/17/2017, 5:03:59 PM
As reported by Marco Messina of ItalianFootballTV, the Italy international was on the verge of making a full return to the pitch for Roma’s senior side:
Marco Messina @Marcocalcio22
Forza @Florenzi, what a pity to tear your ACL, right when you come back you year it again.
We are all with you Ale 😘 https://t.co/JKe6x0ceeB
2/17/2017, 1:48:50 PM
According to Football Italia, Florenzi suffered the setback while training with the Primavera, Roma’s youth team.
The Italian is a product of Roma’s academy, and he’s been a regular for the Giallorossi since 2012. He’s one of the most unique players in Serie A, as he splits his time between a right-back role and a spot in midfield.
In 2015, he was nominated for the Puskas award after he scored a stunning goal in the UEFA Champions League against Barcelona.
Here’s a look at that strike, via UEFA.tv:
It’s another blow for the player and Roma, who chase Juventus by seven points in the Serie A standings. Loanee Bruno Peres has been a smash hit for Roma on the right wing, playing at full-back and wing-back and even in an attacking role.