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Heartbreak for Sisi as he suffers career threatening knee injury

by Heath Chesters | Posted on Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Osasuna winger Sisi suffered a serious cruciate knee ligament injury, during the opening moments of the 0-0 draw against Barcelona on Saturday night.


After just moments of the encounter with Barcelona at El Sadar on Saturday, Osasuna winger Sisinio González Martínez, simply known as ‘Sisi’, pulled up with discomfort in his left knee. He was attended to by the physio on the touchline, with manager Javi Gracia suggesting that if his knee didn’t feel good, they could substitute him.

Sisi returned to action, feeling discomfort but keen to carry on. Unfortunately however, whilst running and then in what under normal circumstances, would be a harmless enough challenge with Carles Puyol, he went to ground in agony. Unable to raise himself from the ground and after being surrounded by concerned Osasuna and Barcelona players, he was stretchered from the field.

Following the game, Osasuna announced that primary examinations at the nearby San Miguel clinic, had discovered the player has suffered a break of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Further examinations will take place on Sunday, in an attempt to further analyse the extent of the damage.

Perhaps one of the worst injuries that can be suffered by a footballer and in many cases career threatening, Sisi faces at least six months out of action, pending successful surgery and rehabilitation. For most players having suffered such an injury, the full recovery process and return to match fitness, can mean they’re out of action for around a year.

The most unfortunate aspect as far as Sisi is concerned though, is that he suffered a similar, though not a severe injury, to his right knee in 2012 and was out for many months.

Hopefully though, after showing such determination to recover from his last knee injury, this won’t be the last we see of Sisi on the pitch and that his recovery, is as swift as it can possibly be.

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