Real Madrid have provided an update on the injury suffered by playmaker Marco Asensio on Tuesday night in Washington, with the Spaniard set for surgery in the coming days after sustaining a ruptured cruciate ligament.
Asensio went down in the 62nd minute of Real's pre-season clash with Arsenal at Washington’s FedExField following an innocuous challenge from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and was sent straight to hospital with fears he had torn ligaments in his knee.
And Los Blancos have now confirmed those fears with a statement on their official website
In full, the club explained: "After tests carried out on our player Marco Asensio by the Real Madrid Medical Services he has been diagnosed with a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and the external meniscus of his left knee. The player will be surgically operated on in the next few days."
The player left the pitch in tears, and you can understand why, with such an injury capable of ruling him out for the entirety of the 2019/20 campaign.
Speaking after the game, coach Zinedine Zidane declared: “We're a bit concerned. It's his knee, he's gone straight to hospital for some tests so we'll see...but it doesn't look good. It's the downside of today for us, we've lost a player and we're pretty gutted. We're gutted for Marco and hope it will be the least serious possible outcome."
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Unfortunately, the most serious outcome has transpired, and it could have wide-reaching effects in the transfer world, with Arsenal boss Unai Emery conceding it could influence the Gunners' move for Dani Ceballos.
Asked how it could affect the loan switch, Emery admitted: "I don't know. Really our target in the match was not to take injuries and they have maybe a big injury with Asensio