Ximo Selección : Sergio Canales out for another six months
Eoin Brown talks about the frustrating start to Sergio Canales’ Valencia career and wishes him good luck after his recent injury setback.
- By Eoin Brown Follow @XimoVCF
His move from Madrid raised eyebrows in Valencia, with fans uncomfortable with the clubs increasing amount of links with the capital club. Juan Mata and César Sánchez were previously Madrid players, while Los Blancos already have the option to buy back Dani Parejo.
The deal is complicated, and many fans were unhappy, stating that Canales would simply be given experience by Valencia, only for him to return to a rival club. Valencia pay €2m per season for the two year loan deal, with the option to sign the Cantabrian for €12m at any point during that spell. Should Valencia sign him, Madrid have a two year buyback clause. They can sign him back after one season for €15m, and after the second season, they could sign him for €18m.
To Canales credit, after at first struggling to get into the team, he captured Valencia’s fans imagination with his fine skills and enthusiasm for the game. However, soon after breaking into the first team, he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee, and wouldn’t play for six months.
Despite not being on the pitch, his popularity soared (the wonder of social media). It was clear for all to see that he was desperate to get back on the pitch. When he did return, he was given a standing ovation, and assisted Pablo Hernández within five minutes of entering the pitch.
There is strong correlation between Canales’ return and Valencia’s improvement in form. Fans have gone from questioning his loan move, to saying that Valencia absolutely have to buy him. He has been that good.
In the Europa League semi against Atlético, Canales was Valencia’s outstanding player until disaster struck. An awkward fall on that right knee. Players and fans had their heads in their hands. Canales left the pitch in tears and told his father that he fears the worst. Speaking on Spanish radio, his father said, “He has recovered before. If he has to, he will do it again.”
And he will have to do it again. The day after the game, Dr. Candel announced that he had suffered the same injury and would have to spend another six months on the sidelines. A cruel, cruel blow for the boy who had the world at his feet. Ánimo, Sergio.