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Bayern loanee Zirkzee needs major ligament surgery

By Peter Vice

Bayern attacking prospect Joshua Zirkzee has made just four Serie A appearances on loan at Italian club Parma. 

The arrangement now threatens to even less useful as the young Dutch phenom requires major surgery. 

Joshua Zirkzee.
Joshua Zirkzee.Photo: Sven Mandel / CC-BY-SA-4.0

When it became apparent that the 19-year-old was not quite ready for prime time with Bayern yet, speculation as to where the German record champions would park one of their best young up-and-comers this spring fueled non-stop rampant speculation throughout the January transfer window. The eventual switch to Parma, through sheer dumb luck, appears to to have been a colossal failure. 

Joshua Zirkzee's temporary Calcio home immediately reported to his parent club that the Dutchman suffered a serious injury during an April 1st training session. Bayern were notified quickly as Zirkzee's ligament tear necessitates surgery. 

"The examinations have revealed an injury to the external ligament apparatus," Parma officials noted in a public press release, "The lateral ligament is also affected. A surgical solution is now being discussed in conjunction with the medical department of FC Bayern München." 

Zirkzee does have four goals to his credit in a red Bavarian tricot. He netted his first two tallies in seven minutes of combined relief appearances shortly before the 2019/20 campaign's winter break in the 16th and 17th rounds. The teenager would tally twice more in two starts last year. 

After making only scant appearances for the German giants during the first half of this season, he logged only 108 minutes in four relief appearances I Gialloblu. Trainer Roberto D'Aversa barely used him despite the fact that Parma found themselves mired in a tough relegation fight.

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