Arrasate: Difficult to replace Granero

Jagoba Arrasate has rued Esteban Granero’s injury and lamented that whilst it will be hard, he will consider replacing the midfielder in the market.

On loan from QPR for the year, the former Real Madrid man this week suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his knee, which will now keep him out of action for several months.

Rumours have been that Real are considering a move in the market, evaluating players currently available on a free.

The possibility of making another signing was put to the Coach at today’s Press conference.

“It’s complicated, we would first have to remove a player from the squad, and the requirements that have to be met make it difficult,” began Arrasate. 

“On Tuesday we played the game, Wednesday we had the injury confirmed and now comes Malaga. I will evaluate and make a decision.

“It is very difficult for everyone and for him, he made an effort to come here, he was excited to be here to help.

“And for us too because we understood that he was a major player. Aside from this, we wish him a good recovery and we will continue to work, and continue to draw on others for performance in that position.”

La Real face Malaga on Saturday afternoon and will be looking to bounce back from midweek defeat at home to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

“We knew that this was the case, as I have said, everything is more intense. In a week you play three games and we can do well and not end up so well, or not do well and be alright.

“We are now thinking only about Malaga, knowing that the timing is tricky, but I just want to win and to get three points, which would give us some air.

“For the players, the Champions League game was the dream of their lives, but we have to remove ourselves from the result fast.

“The Champions League does not need motivation because the opponents and the music itself will motivate us 100 per cent.

“We must focus now on the League, because against Levante [last weekend] we were not good and tomorrow we have to return to being strong at home, to play a good game and win.

“Our reality is the League and we have to understand that quickly.”

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