Roma head coach Paulo Fonseca said that the club will not rush Nikolo Zaniolo after the Italian star made his long-awaited return after injury.

Zaniolo flourished in the Italian capital after arriving from rivals inter in 2018, but he broke in January of his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

However, the 21-year-old returned to action on Sunday – came on as a substitute in the 66th minute of a 2-1 series loss to Roma, Napoli in a huge boost to the side of Fonseca.

“He is no more than 30 minutes, gradually it will again become important,” Fonseca said after the match.

“It came at a difficult moment, but tried to help the team. Soon Zaniolo will be ready to help the team.”

Fonseca added: “it was a positive thing, it was long ago and he’s still not in the best conditions to play a lot of minutes.

“However, it was important for him to come back against a great team. Let’s see how he reacts during the week, we should be careful at this point. Let’s not forget that he was for a long time.”

Roma lost for the third time in a row to be sixth in the Serie A table with eight matches remaining.

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