Conflict surrounds Roma striker’s injury woes
The 22 year-old has been side-lined following surgery to his left knee and it is unclear when he’ll be ready for action.
As a result Roma have accused the Under 21 staff of not looking after the player properly during the Under 21 European Championship this summer.
“He had some sort of new injury with the Italy Under-21 squad in Israel this summer,” claimed Professor Giuliano Cerulli, who performed the operation in January, told Rete Sport.
“As often happens with famous athletes, there are interests around him and his entourage pushed for a miraculous cure, eager to have him treated outside the Roma medical staff.
“He was checked by Doctor Cugat in Barcelona, who is a friend of mine. Mattia does not have problems linked to the surgery, but rather he is late in recovering muscular and movement around the knee. All he needs is a simple brusque movement to aggravate the problem and that’s what happened with the Nazionale.
“Is his career at risk? No, Cugat told me there was nothing to compromise his future. He just needed to recover the full functionality of the knee.”
Italy Under-21 medical chief, Professor Angelo De Carli, responded to these claims by insisting the problems lay with Roma following the European Under-21 Championships.
“During his stay with the Under-21 side in Israel, Mattia had no new injury, nor a relapse of the old one. Both the athlete and the Roma medical staff told me of numerous incidents of swelling, but Destro arrived in decent condition.
“He took part in individual training sessions and played only for fractions of the games. Mattia left the Italy squad after the Euros with his knee and muscular tone in better condition than when he first arrived.
“I don’t know fully what happened afterwards, though in some cases of meniscus surgery there can be considerable delays in recovery time.”
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