Wijnaldum Injury Blow Set to Shake Roma Midfield Plans

Giorginio Wijnaldum cannot seem to catch a break. The Dutchman only just arrived at the Stadio Olimpico on loan after a rather sub-par one-season spell at Paris Saint-Germain, and has already encountered a major injury that is expected to rule him out of the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

As per Roma’s official statement, Wijnaldum has sustained a fracture to the tibia in his right leg during the club’s pre-match training session ahead of the Cremonese encounter. La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the midfielder’s was put in a cast following a collision with Felix Afena-Gyan, who is said to be distraught by the accident.

Wijnaldum will undergo further assessments in the coming days to evaluate the extent of the injury, which is expected to rule him out for no less than 2-3 months.

According to Calciomercato, Gini will be out for at least a span of twenty matches extending into the new year – thus denting the club’s midfield plans for the new season. The capital side will now consider several alternatives, including long-liked Davide Frattesi, who will resume being a primary target. However, Sassuolo’s €35M valuation of their prized player seems far-fetched for the Giallorossi.

Juventus outcast Denis Zakaria and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes are both realistic targets, but Torino ace Sasa Lukic, who has already expressed his desire to leave, should be easier to lure.

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