Leonardo Spinazzola ‘is progressing well’ from Achilles injury that forced him to sit out Italy’s Euro 2020 final against England, says his agent, with the left-back set to have another consultation ‘within a month’
- Leonardo Spinazzola ruptured his Achilles in Italy’s Euro 2020 win over Belgium
- The 28-year-old was forced to miss out on the rest of the Azzurri’s run to the final
- But his agent Davide Lippi has reassured fans that Spinazzola is recovering well
- The full-back will undergo ‘another consultation in a month’ to assess the injury
Leonardo Spinazzola’s agent Davide Lippi revealed that the full-back will have ‘another consultation in a month’ to assess an Achilles injury but stressed that the Italian’s ‘recovery is progressing well’.
Spinazzola had been exceptional for the Azzurri throughout their Euro 2020 campaign but he ruptured his Achilles in the 78th minute of their quarter-final win over Belgium.
The Italy international’s injury forced him to sit out the rest of their run to the final where they beat England in a penalty shootout but he managed to collect his winner’s medal on crutches at Wembley.
Leonardo Spinazzola will have ‘another consultation in a month’ said his agent Davide Lippi
The 28-year-old ruptured his Achilles in their quarter-final win over Belgium (above)
The Roma defender’s agent has now revealed that he is recovering well and claimed the 28-year-old’s ‘enthusiasm is overwhelming’.
‘He’s a lion,’ Lippi told TMW, via Football Italia. ‘He’s fine and has been working like crazy over the past three to four months.
‘Now, you can’t be in a hurry, you have to manage the situation in the right way. His enthusiasm is overwhelming, if it was up to him, he would play tomorrow.
‘In reality, it still takes some time, it can be a month or a month and a half… Let’s see, there will be another consultation within a month, but the recovery is progressing well.’
He was forced to withdraw from the tournament but his recovering is reportedly going well
Spinazzola underwent surgery in summer and was expected to be out for seven to nine months, but always hoped he could rush through the process and recover faster.
He revealed to La Gazzetta dello Sport in September that he aimed to be be available for competitive games from December.
Earlier this month, Roma’s social media accounts gave an update on the defender’s progress after posting a video which showed him working with the ball in training.
Spinazzola’s injury came as a huge blow to both the player and his team as the left-back was enjoying a sensational tournament, winning two Man of the Match awards and providing an assist before being withdrawn after the quarter-final.
But his team-mates made a real effort to keep the 28-year-old involved following their semi-final win.
They were seen singing the fan chant for ‘Spina’ and wearing his jersey after overcoming Spain to reach the final, where he celebrated Italy’s win on crutches.
He provided his side win one assist in four matches and won two Man of the Match awards
Spinazzola’s teammates made a real effort to keep him involved following their semi-final win
Emerson Palmieri stepped into left-back for Roberto Mancini in Spinazzola’s absence as the Azzurri lost to Spain in the Nations League final in October.
Italy continue to fight for a place at the World Cup in Qatar next year. The Italians sit top of Group C with 15 points, just ahead of Switzerland on goal difference after their 1-1 stalemate on Friday night.
Mancini’s side face third-place Northern Ireland on Monday night as their quest for qualification continues.