Knee problems strike again as Strootman back on the shelf for the season

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Kevin Strootman thought he was going in for a routine procedure, and came out with yet another long-term problem.

The Roma midfielder, who tore his ACL around 10 months ago, bruised his knee last weekend against Fiorentina. With the short time he’d be out, he used the opportunity to go under the knife and remove scar tissue from his previous injury.

That’s when the news came down. During the arthroscopic procedure, doctors discovered further tears which will keep him out longer than originally expected.

“The surgery showed a cartilaginous lesion which required surgical treatment,” Roma said in a statement. “The player has already left the hospital and will follow a convalescence period at home. He will start the rehabilitation process after further clinical checks.”

Today, manager Rudi Garcia confirmed that Strootman would miss the rest of the season due to the tear. Garcia called losing the Dutch midfielder “a catastrophe” and said that he will not return this year. Added to the new injury concerns of young winger Juan Iturbe and coupled with the absence of Gervinho and new signing Seydou Doumbia to the Africa Cup of Nations, the club is seriously limited heading into its quarterfinal cup tie with Fiorentina.

When Strootman returned from his initial ACL tear earlier this season, Garcia called him their “biggest signing” of the winter. “The biggest signing of January? Iturbe and Strootman,” Garcia claimed earlier in the month. Now, both are back on the shelf.

Roma sits six points adrift of the top of the Serie A table, with Juventus top and holding a game in hand.