Roma’s Georginio Wijnaldum now looks all but certain to miss this year’s World Cup after fracturing his shin in training.
Wijnaldum joined Roma this summer from PSG, with his desire to play for the Netherlands at the World Cup a large factor in his decision to do so.
He was dropped from the most recent Oranje squad due to the lack of playing time he was getting in Paris, and was hoping the move to Italy could see him return to it.
However, it now looks like that won’t be the case with his new club announcing that he fractured his tibia in training and will now be out for some time.
Just how long hasn’t been confirmed but it’s widely expected that he’ll miss the remainder of the calendar year, including the World Cup.
“Sometimes football can be shit,” Roma manager Jose Mourinho said on Instagram.
“In only two weeks, Gini became one of us because of his human qualities (his football qualities we already knew).
“Sadly, in a very unfortunate accident, he had a bad injury that will keep him away from playing for a long time.”