Leonardo Spinazzola is about for a chronic spell on the sidelines after rupturing his Achilles tendon throughout Italy’s triumphant Euro 2020 quarter-final conflict in opposition to Belgium.
Spinazzola, one of many stars of the match, put in one other very good efficiency earlier than pulling up within the 77th minute.
The Roma wing again, 28, broke down in tears on the Allianz Enviornment pitch having realised the magnitude of the damage he had suffered earlier than being stretchered off.
And Spinazzola’s worst fears have been confirmed with Sky Italia reporting that the damage is ‘very critical’ which means a protracted damage lay-off is inevitable.
The information will come as an enormous blow to Roberto Mancini, who noticed his Italy aspect prolong their unbeaten run to 32 matches in Munich.
The Italians raced right into a 2-Zero lead after 44 minutes because of sensible objectives from Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne.
Romelu Lukaku pulled one again for Belgium in first-half stoppage time, however that was pretty much as good because it acquired for Roberto Martinez’s males.
Italy additionally set a brand new document for the longest European Championship profitable run (14), which incorporates each qualifying and match matches.
Matt Holland, who was masking the sport as co-commentator for talkSPORT, mentioned on Spinazzola’s damage blow: “It’s heartbreaking as a result of he’s performed so properly.
“He was stuffed with confidence, stuffed with kind. He performed such a giant half for Italy.”