Real Madrid's Jese Rodriguez Rescued by Firemen After Fire at Luxury Apartment

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2014

Real's Jese Rodriguez celebrates after scoring during a semi final, 1st leg, Copa del Rey soccer derby match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014.  (AP Photo/Paul White)
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Jese Rodriguez was fortunate to escape serious harm on Monday evening after a fire in his apartment building left three people hospitalised.

Spanish media outlet AS (h/t ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan) reports that the Real Madrid winger had to be rescued after a fire emerged from the building's car park, where those injured were working at the time.

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All three are alleged to have suffered from smoke inhalation, while one was also treated for serious burns. AS's English-translated Twitter account posted an image of the firemen attending the incident:

The report goes on to state that team-mate Alvaro Arbeloa, who lives nearby, was on hand to take the youngster in.

It's the second piece of extremely bad luck that has befallen Jese in the last seven days, with last week's Champions League round of 16 second-leg tie against Schalke resulting in the end of his season.

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As ESPN FC reports, the Spaniard underwent knee surgery in Germany after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament tear in his right knee just five minutes into the European clash.

As a result, Jese is currently on crutches, which will have undoubtedly added some complications to the rescue attempt of those firemen in attendance.

BeIN Sport's Tancredi Palmeri was swift to show his sympathy for the player following on from such a difficult month:

Prior to his injury, Jese was enjoying his most prominent season in Real colours to date. As Squawka shows, he's made 18 appearances for Los Merengues this term, scoring five goals and crafting 13 scoring chances in La Liga.

So impressive has Jese been, in fact, that The Mirror's Ed Malyon was surprised not to see his name included in the most recent Spain squad, with Sky Sports' Champions League Twitter account even questioning whether he's better than Gareth Bale:

That development could be seriously hindered by this injury layoff, however, with ACL injuries ranking among the most difficult to come back from as a professional athlete.

For now, Jese's only worry need be ensuring his safety and that he's around for rehabilitation, which certainly isn't helped by threats so out of his own control such as an apartment fire.