Chiesa to undergo knee surgery on Saturday

Federico Chiesa will undergo an operation in Innsbruck on Saturday to repair his damaged knee ligaments.

The Italian international picked up an ACL injury in last weekend’s 4-3 win over Roma at the Stadio Olimpico and will miss the rest of the season and Italy’s up-coming play-offs for the World Cup.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the player will have surgery at the Hochrum clinic in Austria performed by Professor Christian Fink, the surgeon who performed similar operations on Nicolo Zaniolo and Giorgio Chiellini.

Recovery time is expected to be around six months with Chiesa expected to be back training in the summer.

Should Italy qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Azzurri boss Roberto Mancini will be delighted to be able to have a fit and firing Chiesa at his disposal.

The 24-year-old’s current goal however, is to start his rehabilitation as soon as possible and get back to playing for both club and country.

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