Kevin Strootman set for knee surgery, Roma announce

Kevin Strootman is suffering from a knee ailment called Cyclops Syndrome.

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Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman will undergo knee surgery on Friday, the Serie A side have announced.

Tests carried out this week revealed Strootman is suffering from Cyclops Syndrome, a condition which can cause pain and swelling and is associated with individuals who have undergone cruciate ligament surgery.

The 24-year-old Holland international underwent surgery last March to reconstruct a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and was sidelined for nine months.

A statement from Roma read: "Yesterday Kevin Strootman underwent further diagnostic procedures with professors Van Dijk and Kerkhoffs, who previously operated on him.

"The examination revealed a mass of fibrous tissue (known as Cyclops Syndrome), which it is advised should be removed. The player is due to undergo arthroscopic surgery in Amsterdam tomorrow, during which the ligament will also be assessed."

Strootman, who has been limited to just six league appearances this season, is expected to be sidelined for at least a month.

Roma, coached by Rudi Garcia, are second in the standings, seven points adrift of league leaders Juventus. The Giallorossi have reached the Coppa Italia quarter-finals and play Feyenoord in the last 32 of the Europa League next month.