Italy defender Leonardo Spinazzola appears to be threatened with a longer rest period after being injured in the European Championship quarter-finals. As the Italian association announced on Saturday evening, the 28-year-old is suspected of having ruptured his left Achilles tendon. If that proves to be the case, the Roma defender will be out for several months. Previously, Italian media had already speculated on Friday night after the 2-1 win over Belgium that Spinazzola might have ruptured his Achilles tendon.
“It looks like a serious injury, hopefully it’s not that bad. It shocked me so much to see him in tears. The scene wasn’t fun to watch. It wasn’t worth it. It was one of our best EM players,” said coach Roberto Mancini, the goal scorer. Lorenzo Insigne lamented the injury, and the left winger said: “It’s a huge loss for us. It is shameful and sad. She was very important to this team.”
Spinazzola cut himself in the closing stages
Spinazola had saved Romelu Lukaku’s goal with a possible 2-2 goal in the 61st minute, and his teammates celebrated it. After a quarter of an hour, he had to stop the enemy’s duel without any opposing effect and immediately indicated that he should be replaced. Then he sat down on the grass, and a little later lay down and put his hands in front of his face. Then paramedics brought the 28-year-old from the field on a stretcher. For him Emerson came in the 79th minute.