Roma's Strootman vows to return stronger

The midfielder has adopted a philosophical approach as he continues his recovery from injury by reminding himself of fellow professionals who have returned better players.

Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman vowed to return a "stronger and more mature player" once he completes his recovery from a serious knee injury.

The Netherlands international tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a defeat at Napoli last month, ruling him out of the remainder of Roma's season as well as his country's World Cup campaign in Brazil.

The former PSV midfielder told the club's television station: "There are worse things in life. Now I am concentrating on my recovery and I'm thinking about the players who have returned stronger and more mature after an injury of this type.

"That will also be the case with me. I feel a bit better and I'm working every day to come back. I'm only thinking about getting back on the pitch. The team is very strong and I can't wait to get back and play in the Champions League."

He also thanked fans for their encouraging messages. 

"The support coming my way is fantastic and gives me strength, I am touched by all the support I have received," he said. "It's my first serious injury. It makes you realise how much you stand to lose but there are worse things in life than this."