Mourinho laments Spinazzola injury as the Italian international flies to Finland for surgery

John Solano

Roma boss José Mourinho commented on left back Leonardo Spinazzola’s latest injury blow as the Italian defender flies to Finland to undergo surgery.

The 28 year-old ruptured his Achilles tendon in the latter stages of Friday’s 2-1 victory over Belgium, an injury that is expected to keep him sidelined between six to eight months.

Accompanied by his wife, Spinazzola is currently en route to Turku in order to visit renowned ligament and tendon specialist, Dr. Yrjö Sakari Orava.

Orava will operate on Spinazzola early tomorrow morning to repair his Achilles and assist in his early stages of recovery.

When asked about the loss of the left back, one of the top performers of Euro 2020, Mourinho was blunt in his assessment.

“It’s awful for the Italian national team to have lost Spinazzola. But imagine for me, because now I’m not going to have him for about six months,” he said to TalkSport.

“But as for the Euros, Italy lose a very important player with him. Emerson will play now and, of course, he’s a good player, he didn’t play much this season at Chelsea — but Spinazzola was playing so amazingly well.”

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