Roma Growing Concerned About Wijnaldum Recovery Time

Georginio Wijnaldum has played just 12 minutes with Roma before fracturing his leg. He, the Giallorossi, and PSG didn’t rush his return, as it quickly became evident that he had not shot of participating in the World Cup.

However, he’s not a lock to be ready for the first January matches either, Corriere dello Sport informs. José Mourinho was sceptic on the topic in a recent presser.

“We have to recover some injured players. I don’t know whether Wijnaldum will be available when Serie A resumes in 2023.”

The midfielder elected not to have surgery to repair his shinbone, letting it heal naturally. That pushed the timetable to four months. He spent the early portion of the rehab in Rotterdam with his family. He shed the walking boot and headed back to Italy on October 7th to work under the supervision of club’s physios.

At this stage, he’s doing only some light work in practice. He’s training more in the gym and the swimming pool than on the pitch. He has about six weeks to ramp up. Whether or not he’ll be called up for a tour in Japan in December will be telling about how things are going and when he’ll come back.

Our Take on Wijnaldum

The Giallorossi didn’t exactly break the bank to onboard him, as they got him on loan with an €8M option to buy. Still, it would be a big blow if they couldn’t count on him in January. This lends credence to the rumors about Houssem Aouar, as they need another creative midfielder. If it isn’t the ex-Liverpool star, they’ll have to sign somebody else.

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