Nicolo Zaniolo expected to be back for Italy’s Euro 2020 campaign

UDINE, ITALY - MARCH 23: Nicolo Zaniolo of Italy in action during the 2020 UEFA European Championships group J qualifying match between Italy and Finland at Stadio Friuli on March 23, 2019 in Udine, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Roma forward and Italy talisman Nicolò Zaniolo has previously undergone a surgery following two different knee injury in 2020. In an interview, the Italian midfielder said he’s not “in a hurry to get back” and pledged his return “in time” for Euro 2020. According to reports, Zaniolo will resume training in Trigoria in the coming days using a special plastic protection to shield his injured knee.

“I’m not in a hurry, I’m working well,” Zaniolo told La Gazzettadello Sport. “Every day I come to Trigoria. After the last visit to Innsbruck, the workload will increase and when the right and left leg have the same strength and my head will be ready, I will come back calmly. “I have a career ahead and we can’t force anything or get caught up in the desire to play two or three games.

Last year, Zaniolo suffered a second ACL injury in eight monthsand 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 StadioOlimpico.

“I think Inter always need players who are ready,” Zaniolospeaks about his stay and possible return to Inter. “Already prepared and maybe at that moment I wasn’t. It was their choice, but I thank them for transferring me to Roma. They let me arrive in a splendid city like this and in a solid club. Playing here is great, for the fans, for the city. I’m delighted to be at the Giallorossi.”