The 21-year-old midfielder, who picked up two knee injuries in 2020, has confirmed he won’t be available during European Championship for Azzuri.
Although the Roma midfielder was supposed to return to the pitch in April, professor Fink has decided to postpone his return to action as his left leg has about 10 percent less muscle tone than the right one, so it is better not to take any risk.
The Italian picked up his latest injury in a Nations League tie between the Azzurri and the Netherlands in September.
“I am disappointed, but my target is to be ready for the World Cup next year,” Zaniolo toldLa Gazzetta dello Sport
“Nicolò was devastated the other day. He had the same mood to the day he injured his knees. Now, slowly, he begins to feel better, even if he has an uncontainable desire to play inside,” his father Igor added.
He will reportedly return to training in late April and won’t be involved in any competitive game this season.
“Let’s wait and see,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini claimed.
“I know there are 70 percent of chances he won’t be with us, but Nicolò must remain calm,” the coach added.
“He has a whole career ahead, and he must not rush because he can’t take any risk. We’ll follow him until the end because we know his worth well. Things like this can happen in football.”