Cruciate ligament injury puts Granero out for six months with Real Sociedad
Esteban Granero only took to the field as an 82nd minute substitute against Shakhtar Donesk, but moments later, was carried from the pitch with a serious injury.
As well as the poor start to their Champions League group stage with the 2-0 defeat at home to Shakhtar Donesk on Tuesday night, Real Sociedad suffered a further blow.
Introduced in just the 82nd minute of the game from the bench, Esteban Granero was forced to withdraw from the action moments from the end of the game, after suffering a knee injury.
Further investigations on Wednesday have now diagnosed that the player has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee. This will sideline Granero for at least six months.
A statement released by the medical services at the club revealed the extent of the injury, via an official communication.
“The MRI scan performed this morning, discovered a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and an injury to the inner meniscus of his right knee. For treatment of this type of injury, a surgical repair will be required. Until the time of surgery, the player will undergo physiotherapy aimed at stimulation and neuromuscular control of the joint.”
The injury is a harsh blow for Granero upon his return to Spanish football, on loan at Real Sociedad from English side Queens Park Rangers, who have yet to comment on the player’s injury. They will however be paying close attention to the medical reports they receive from the Basque club.