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Strootman undergoes knee op

Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman underwent successful knee surgery in Amsterdam on Tuesday.

Strootman was ruled out for the season, and this summer's World Cup, after the Holland midfielder tore his anterior cruciate ligament early in last week's 1-0 defeat at Napoli.

"Kevin Strootman this morning had surgery on his left knee at the AMC hospital in Amsterdam," a statement on Roma's website read.

"The surgery, performed by Profs Van Dijk and Kerkhoff and Dr Heijboer and in the presence of the Giallorossi health director Dr Colautti, lasted about two hours and is a complete success.

"The player will start the rehabilitation therapies in the next few days in Amsterdam."

Roma coach Rudi Garcia dedicated Monday night's 3-2 win over Udinese to Strootman.

The win kept the capital club three points of Napoli in the race for the second direct Champions league position.

"He knows how we feel and we sent many messages to Kevin," Garcia said.

"We will wait for him and we hope to achieve Champions League qualification so that he can play in that tournament with us next season."