Rueda injury less serious

Real Valladolid’s Jesus Rueda can breathe a sigh of relief after tests revealed that his injury sustained at the weekend will only keep him out for a fortnight.

During his side’s 2-1 win at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan against Sevilla, the centre-back was forced off with a knee injury that he and doctors suspected was serious ligament damage.

However, tests have confirmed that the 25-year-old only sprained the joint when an opponent fell on his leg, meaning that he could be back in contention for the side before the winter break, with Week 17’s visit of Barcelona suggested as a return fixture.

“I saw that he [my opponent] suddenly fell on me. I had no time to move away or adjust my knee,” reflected Rueda to reporters after the news was confirmed.

“I felt I had done something, I noticed that the joint was not strong. I spent the rest of the game watching clock hoping that it would improve, because the first night is always the worst.”

However, Rueda reflected on the support of his teammates and on how that team spirit is perhaps why they are where they are in the League right now – seventh.

“We are a united group, a humble group, we have had a tough time of things together and that has been good.

“We have become stronger and now look at things. With these people we are doing great things, there will always be tests.”

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