Zirkzee, who was scuffling to find time and produce at Parma Calcio 193, picked up an injury to the “outer ligament”, which likely means the LCL (Lateral Collateral Ligament). While there was no official word on the severity of the damage, a Grade III injury to the LCL can result in surgery or platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment. Grade I and Grade II injuries to the LCL offer less drastic measures for recovery.
Zirkzee had played 108 minutes over four games for Parma Calcio 1913 during his loan, but had yet to record a goal or record an assist. Now it appears that Zirkzee could be headed to sidelines for a spell and his opportunities might be even more limited or even potentially over for this season.
Zirkzee’s injury comes on the heels of the awful news that Robert Lewandowski would be out for up to four weeks with a knee injury of his own. Lewandowski, of course, suffered his injury while playing for Poland against Andorra in FIFA World Cup qualifying action.