Once considered Argentina’s great defensive hope, Emanuel Mammana can put thoughts of breaking into Lionel Scaloni’s squad to the back of his mind for the foreseeable future after a cruel recurrence of the knee injury suffered last year.
Stretchered off early in Zenit St. Petersburg’s victory over Ural last Sunday, the Russian club have now confirmed that Mammana has suffered a partial rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The 23-year-old will go to see a specialist for a further examination but could be facing another eight months on the sidelines.
It was only March 2018 when Mammana ruptured ligaments in the same knee and while that injury ruined any hopes of making Jorge Sampaoli’s World Cup squad, the former River Plate defender’s latest setback is devastating.
Clearly on the radar of Lionel Scaloni given his inclusion in the squad for the friendlies against Mexico last November, Mammana has only featured four times for Zenit this season but still harboured ambitions of adding to his three international appearances ahead of an important 2020.
A preliminary diagnosis reveals that Mammana has suffered a partial rupture to the anterior crucial ligament within his left knee.
Mammana will now travel to a European clinic where an in-depth examination will commence.
If an operation is required he could miss up to 8 months. pic.twitter.com/W8SOKYiQsO
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