Valencia boss Marcelino has revealed that Simone Zaza needs to undergo surgery after aggravating a meniscus tear.
The former West Ham United striker has been in superb form this season for Los Che, scoring nine goals and in the process – helping them sit behind league leaders Barcelona, having lost none of their opening 11 La Liga games.
Having been included in the Italian national squad for their World Cup 2018 play-off against Sweden last weekend; the striker was forced to pull out having suffered the tear in training.
Whilst surgery is now required, Marcelino has said his leading marksman is available for the weekend game against Espanyol.
“Zaza’s had a partial tear in the external meniscus of his knee for a while,” he said at a Press conference.
“Sometimes it’s blocked and he can’t play. He’s okay for now, but at some point he’ll have to undergo surgery. It can’t be cured with rest.”
The 26-year-old, who began his career with Atalanta has had no less than nine clubs, but his most prolific scoring statistics have come for the Spanish side.
Zaza signed for Valencia on loan initially, for a fee of €2 million fee, which was then made permanent after making a certain number of appearances.
His debut came back in January against Villarreal, where he failed to score – however, he netted against Athletic Bilbao in February.
Valencia travel to Barcelona this weekend to face Quique Sanchez Flores’ side, before preparing to face league leaders Barcelona next Sunday evening at the Mestalla.