Renato Sanches was finally starting to return to action for Roma, but a new injury could again force him to the sidelines.

The 26-year-old Portuguese midfielder has already missed 10 of the Giallorossi’s 16 matches this season, suffering from muscle issues and a hamstring problem. His recurring injury concerns are not a surprise, but director Tiago Pinto decided to take a risk when signing him on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.

Sanches joined Roma on a loan deal with a €12m conditional obligation to buy clause attached, linked to playing 60% of the club’s total matches this season. The fee would rise to €14-15m should he hit the 75% mark, but neither seems likely at this stage.

As reported by Il Messaggero via TMW, Sanches underwent a new round of medical tests at Trigoria on Tuesday, which highlighted a muscle-tendon issue that’ll need further tests. The concern is that he could be forced to the sidelines for a number of weeks.

Once an exciting talent at Benfica, the Portuguese midfielder’s career has been majorly derailed by injuries over the last three years.

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