Serie A: AS Roma Boss Jose Mourinho Laments “Awful Loss” Of Leonardo Spinazzola

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Italy’s Leonardo Spinazzola picked up the injury throughout Friday’s 2-1 Euro 2020 quarter-final win.© AFP


New Roma coach Jose Mourinho on Sunday lamented the “awful loss” of Italy left-back Leonardo Spinazzola with a ruptured left Achilles tendon. The 28-year-old picked up the injury throughout Friday’s 2-1 Euro 2020 quarter-final win over Belgium in Munich, the day Mourinho arrived in Rome. Former Tottenham boss Mourinho returns to Italy 11 years after leading Inter Milan to the treble — Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia. “It is a awful loss for Italy, but believe how awful it is for me who may not have him for approximately six months,” Mourinho told TalkSport.

“(Chelsea’s) Emerson Palmieri is a superb player, with experience. But Spinazzola used to be playing in a fantastic way.”

On Sunday, the 58-year-old Portuguese posted a video on Instagram at the team’s Trigoria training centre, where he remains in quarantine.

“Two more days to stay absent from the players,” said the former Real Madrid, Manchester United and Porto coach.

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“But it’s OK. The weather is amazing, I will be out, I will see the training sessions, I will organise and speak with the assistants that are caring for them.

“So all good. We all feel sorry approximately the loss of our Spinazzola for a couple of months, but that’s football and we must be able to begin next week.”

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