Manchester United may be forced to end their chase for Kevin Strootman, after former Roma club doctor Mario Brozzi revealed that another knee surgery might be needed, according to reports from talkSPORT.
The 25-year-old suffered cruciate knee ligament damage back in March of 2014 and is yet to fully recover, despite having undergone a number of surgeries.
He already missed the World Cup in the summer, as well as a number of matches prior to the New Year, and could now be out for an even longer period of time upon his return after a recurrence of the same injury.
Brozzi revealed that his latest setback could be caused by the first surgery having not gone according to plan, as Strootman could once again be on his way onto another operating table.
“My impression is that the surgery on Strootman’s ligament did not go perfectly,” he said.
“The cartilaginous damage is determined by the extensive deficit. Now, if this is the situation, I see no way out. But it’s not up to me to say whether further surgery is needed.”
Louis van Gaal is keen to be reunited with the Dutch star, but based on the extent of his injuries, the Red Devils may be forced to give up their chase altogether to avoid any similar incidents should he finally make the move to Old Trafford.