Jonathan Dos Santos Injury: Updates on Barcelona Midfielder's Knee and Recovery
Jonathan Dos Santos' hopes of playing for Mexico at the 2014 World Cup took a major blow when he suffered a major knee injury on Wednesday.
FC Barcelona's official website provided more details:
Jonathan dos Santos sustained an injury to the ACL in his right knee during this afternoon’s training session at the Ciutat Esportiva. The player will undergo additional tests in the upcoming days to determine the extent of the injury.
Dos Santos will be out for six months.
Latest update from Barcelona's official website:
The Club Medical Services have announced that Jonathan dos Santos will undergo an operation on Tuesday on cruciate ligaments in his right knee. The arthroscopy will be performed at the Clínica Dexeus by doctors Joan Carles Monllau and Ricard Pruna.
FC Barcelona will be making a medical statement once the operation has been completed.
From Tom Marshall of ESPN FC:
Barcelona confirm Jonathan Dos Santos will be out for 6 months with an ACL injury. Huge blow to the player hoping to go on loan and make WC.— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) October 24, 2013
The loss of Dos Santos shouldn't hurt Barcelona all the much in the short term. The 23-year-old has yet to become an established member of the midfield, making just 14 La Liga appearances since the 2009-10 season, according to Transfermarkt.
Where this could end up being a problem is in the long term should the club have any plans for working Dos Santos into the first team on a more regular basis. Ligament injuries generally keep players out for a few months, and at his age, these months are critical for his development as a player.
There's also the national team aspect for the midfielder. This injury almost certainly means Dos Santos will miss the World Cup. Even if he can get healthy before next June, he will unlikely have had enough time on the pitch in the buildup to warrant a place on the team.
That could be an issue for El Tri as they try to find some dynamic playmakers in the midfield after sleepwalking through World Cup qualification up to this point.
The only thing Dos Santos can do now is rehab his knee so that when he returns to the pitch he's the same player he was before the injury.
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