Strootman’s knee problems resurface
Manchester United transfer target Kevin Strootman is set to undergo fresh knee surgery, as his potential move to Old Trafford seems increasingly unlikely to go through.
Tests carried out this week revealed Strootman is suffering from Cyclops Syndrome, a condition which can cause pain and swelling and is associated with individuals who have undergone cruciate ligament surgery.
The 24-year-old Holland international underwent surgery last March to reconstruct a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and was sidelined for nine months.
A statement from Roma read: "Yesterday Kevin Strootman underwent further diagnostic procedures with professors Van Dijk and Kerkhoffs, who previously operated on him.
"The examination revealed a mass of fibrous tissue (known as Cyclops Syndrome), which it is advised should be removed.
"The player is due to undergo arthroscopic surgery in Amsterdam tomorrow, during which the ligament will also be assessed."
Strootman, who has been limited to just six league appearances this season, is expected to be sidelined for at least a month.
Reports suggesting United were increasingly confident of signing Strootman earlier this month proved to be misguided and it is now uncertain whether his ongoing injury worries will mean Louis van Gaal looks elsewhere for midfield options when he moves into the transfer market once more next summer.