Italy boss doubtful of Zaniolo’s fitness for Euro 2020

Italy boss Roberto Mancini claims that Nicolò Zaniolo is likely to miss out on Euro 2020 football matches in the summer as his remains unfit for the competition despite returning to training from being out for six month. Roma forward and Italy talisman Zaniolo has previously undergone a surgery following two different knee injury in 2020. He was sidelined for seven months in the first half of 2020.

“We are following what he is doing,” Mancini said at a press conference. “We’ll evaluate him when he will be back. We are thinking about his situation, but we can’t risk any risk if he is not ready. He is young, and he will have the chance to play other important competitions.” In an interview earlier this year, the Italian midfielder said he’s not “in a hurry to get back” and pledged his return “in time” for Euro 2020.

Zaniolo recently seen training in Trigoria and is expected to return to action next month after being involved in a few games with the Roma Primavera team. Zaniolo hopes to recover and be able to play with Italy in the virus-postponed European Championship from June 11-July 11 with the opening match against Turkey at home in Rome.

Last year, Zaniolo suffered a second ACL injury in eight months and had a successful surgery to repair the ruptured ACL in his left knee. Following his operation, Roma chief medic Federico Manara also ruled out rumours that Zaniolo will be out of action for nine months, saying that there will be “no pressure’ to rush his recovery”.

Zaniolo started in Genoa’s academy, before he moved to Fiorentina and then Entella. He then moved to Inter for €1.8m and spent one season with the Nerazzurri until Roma picked up the youngster for a reported €4.5m in July 2018. He extended his deal with Antonio Conte’s side until 2024 the following summer. Zaniolo, capped 12 times by Italy so far.

Wearing the “Renaissance Kit”, a nod to the number of young players now in the rejuvenated national side, Roberto Mancini’s Italy have qualified for Euro 2020 with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Greece courtesy of Chelsea’s Jorginho Federico Bernardeschi last year. The only other occasion Italy wore green came in 1954 in a 2-0 win against Argentina at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.

Italy’s midfielders called-up by Roberto Mancini for the upcoming games against Northern Ireland, Bulgaria and Lithuania are Nicolò Barella (Inter), Gaetano Castrovilli (Fiorentina), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Rolando Mandragora (Torino), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Matteo Pessina (Atalanta), Matteo Ricci (Spezia), Sensi (Inter), Roberto Soriano (Bologna) and Marco Verratti (PSG).

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