Romin Zaniolo is returning after six months of rest with a knee injury

Italian Roma international Nicolo Zaniolo has returned to individual training six months after rupturing his knee ligaments for the second time.

“Run again. How I missed you,” the 21-year-old midfielder wrote on Tuesday in a post on Instagram alongside a photo of him training.

Zaniolo was on the sidelines for seven months in the first half of 2020 after a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

He then earned an identical left knee injury playing for Italy against the Netherlands in the League of Nations last September.

He was operated on in Austria.

Zaniolo hopes to recover and play Italy at the European Championships from June 11 to July 11 with an opening match against Turkey in Rome.

The midfielder scored two goals in seven games for Italy.

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