It’s a world of misfortunes, which exactly holds true with Spanish football club Real Madrid who has long been preparing for its much hyped clash with Manchester United in Champions League, but all of a sudden, its star center back defender Portuguese Pepe starts feeling some discomfort on his right ankle when he returned from the Christmas break. His anxiety turned out to be too serious for him and doctors advised him for a minimum invasion surgery right away. Hence, counting on his doctor’s advice, Pepe underwent his right ankle arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday in his homeland Portugal. Having a surgery means he will be sidelined for at least one month as per the doctors attending him. Club said through its website that “After feeling pain in his right ankle and a medical checkup, the Real Madrid player Pepe was operated on this morning in Porto.” Club statement did not mention anything about the time frame Pepe is expected to be sidelined, but according to sport’s medical experts, this kind of surgery does require at least four weeks rest.
It is more than a setback for Real coz it is already facing injury problems to its multiples players including Fabio Coentrao and Marcelo. Moreover, another center back Sergio Ramos is also not available for next home clash with Real Sociedad on Sunday coz of his suspension. With available options, there can be a possible pairing between French teenager Raphael Varane and Ricardo Carvalho at the center. Notably, Real did not have a dream start in La Liga this season, hence it is trying hard to recover from the early fallouts and make a comeback. For now, they are placed at third position on the leaderboard after their first seventeen matches of the season. Barcelona, the top positioned club, is leading Real by 16 points at the moment.
The much hyped showdown against Man United is scheduled to Feb 13, and by then; he is expected to return, but nothing has been confirmed yet by his doctors. There could be a delay if his recovery doesn’t go smooth. His ankle arthroscopy is taken care of by Dutch specialist Van Dijk, who is one of the best specialists of football injuries and has treated Cristiano Ronaldo’s ankle in his very first year. So, he would also try to make it sure that he recovers faster, rest is a matter of time and Real’s luck along with Pepe!