Dutch midfielder suffers further knee problems which puts Old Trafford move in doubt…
Manchester United’s midfield target Kevin Strootman has flown to Holland after he sustained a recurrence of the injury which ruled him out of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, according to the Daily Star.
Strootman only lasted 34 minutes in Roma’s 1-1 draw with Fiorentina at the weekend before being withdrawn with what is suspected to be another knee injury.
The 24-year-old suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in March, which forced Louis van Gaal to alter his plans for the Dutch national side due to the midfielder’s importance to the team.
Following van Gaal’s arrival at Old Trafford in July, it was reported that Strootman was one of the names high on the manager’s wish-list and he’s been linked with a Premier League move ever since (via Daily Star), but any suspected transfer was put on hold until Strootman fully recovered.
After gradually building up his fitness, any further damage to his knee may prevent a move to Man United entirely and also puts the Dutchman’s long-term professional future into question.
Having said that, the Red Devils didn’t hesitate in acquiring striker Radamel Falcao who sustained a similar injury to Strootman last term and Van Gaal may see this latest development as a negotiation tool which could force Roma to lower their previously astonishing demands.