New Roma coach Jose Mourinho lamented Sunday the “terrible loss” of Italian left-back Leonardo Spinazzola with a ruptured left Achilles tendon.
The 28-year-old suffered an injury in Friday’s 2-1 Euro 2020 quarter-final victory over Belgium in Munich, the day Mourinho arrived in Rome.
“It’s a terrible loss for Italy, but imagine how terrible it is for me who won’t have it for about six months,” Mourinho told TalkSport.
“(Chelsea’s) Emerson Palmieri is a good player, with experience. But Spinazzola was playing in an incredible way. “
Former Tottenham boss Mourinho returns to Italy 11 years after leading Inter Milan in the treble – Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia.
On Sunday, the 58-year-old Portuguese posted a video on Instagram at the Trigoria team’s training center, where he remains in quarantine.
“Two more days to stay away from the players,” said the former coach of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Porto.
” But it is okay. The weather is great, I can be outside, I can see the training sessions, I can organize and speak with the assistants who look after them.
” So everything is fine. We’re all sorry about losing our Spinazzola for a few months, but it’s football and we have to be ready to start next week. “
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