Roma’s defeat at home to Juventus was compounded by the news that Nicolo Zaniolo suffered a serious knee injury in the game.
The 20-year-old is one of Serie A’s brightest young talents so not great for Roma or Italy with Euro 2020 coming up.
Nicolò Zaniolo on Instagram:
“I swear to you… I will be back even better than before.”
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) January 12, 2020
Zaniolo had his head in his hands as he was withdrawn 36 minutes in after injuring his left leg when Juve defender Matthijs de Ligt halted his progress with a foul on the edge of the penalty area.
Zaniolo had beaten four Juve players during a brilliant run which started near his own penalty area, but De Ligt – himself on for the injured Merih Demiral – stepped out and brought him down with a body check that earned the centre-back a caution.
The Roma midfielder writhed in pain on the edge of the box and needed a cart to be helped off the field, with Mancini, watching on from the stands, wearing a concerned expression.
Zaniolo has scored twice for Italy in his five appearances and had been expected to be a key figure for Mancini during Euro 2020.
Roma were 2-0 down to Juve at the time of Zaniolo’s injury having conceded twice in the opening 10 minutes.
Roma later confirmed that Zaniolo had ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and also suffered damage to the meniscus. He will be out for between six and nine months.