Italy star Spinazzola ruled out for up to SIX MONTHS after rupturing Achilles tendon in Euro 2020 win over Belgium

LEONARDO SPINAZZOLA will be out for up to six months with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

The Italy star was stretchered off in agony after suffering the injury during his side's 2-1 win over Belgium last night.

And subsequent medical tests have revealed that the problem is as bad as first feared.

Spinazzola pulled up in agony after chasing the ball behind Belgium's Thorgan Hazard without any contact.

He then received lengthy treatment on the pitch, before being taken off on a stretcher in tears.

Medical staff have confirmed that Spinazzola has ruptured his Achilles tendon – which could rule him out for up to six months.

Upon the news, the Roma ace said: "I’m sure I’ll be back soon! Impossible is nothing with this team spirit."

Spinazzola, 28, started four of Italy's five games at Euro 2020, but will now have to support his team-mates from the sidelines as they play their semi-final against Spain on Tuesday night.

The wing-back has suffered serious injury before, having required surgery on a ruptured cruciate ligament during the 2017-18 season.

As well as the rest of his country's Euro 2020 campaign, Spinazzola will also miss the start of next season with Roma.

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SunSport columnist and new Roma boss Jose Mourinho touched down in the Italian capital this week.

And Spinazzola would have impressed him with his performances for the Azzurri this summer.

But given his injury misfortune, he is unlikely to play again until 2022.

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