Four words to strike fear into any footballer — anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Poor old Alessandro Florenzi has ruptured his ACL for the second time in his career leading to doubts over his professional future.
Roma’s versatile right-back is expected to be out for up to eight months after damaging the same ligament that sidelined him in October.
The 25-year-old will require surgery following the incident which took place as he resumed training with the first team.
Needless to say fans of many clubs were quick to sympathise with the lad…
Florenzi came through Roma’s academy and has played 180 games for them as well as making 24 appearances for Italy.
Equally adept at playing in midfield, he quickly became something of a fan favourite.
Many of you will remember his goal from the halfway line against Barcelona in the Champions League.
Unfortunately back-to-back ruptures in such a short space of time has the potential to end Florenzi’s promising career.
His team-mate Kevin Strootman suffered a devastating ACL injury saw him miss nearly 100 games.
Here’s hoping Florenzi makes a full recovery and we see him back on the pitch before long.