NEWS
Sunday January 7 2018
Las Palmas: Samper KO, Jese close?

Las Palmas have lost Barcelona loanee Sergi Samper to torn ankle ligaments and a broken leg but are reportedly close to bringing back Jese Rodriguez.

Samper’s left ankle got stuck in the grass when he went to dispossess Joan Jordan in the second half of Las Palmas’ 2-1 defeat to Eibar, and the midfielder was visibly in agony as he left the pitch on a stretcher.

Consequently, the islanders’ official website reported “a fractured tibia and a ligament tear in his left ankle” after tests on Saturday, with the 22-year-old due back in Barcelona for surgery.

Although not a direct replacement, Marca claims Jese could replace Samper in Las Palmas’ squad as talks are at an ‘advanced’ stage for the winger to return to Gran Canaria.

The newspaper explains a deal is now “less complicated” to strike, given Stoke City have opted to cut his loan spell short.

The Paris Saint-Germain outcast made just nine appearances for the English side and was fined for leaving one of their games early.

However, his stint with the Potters was affected by the premature birth of his son, which has not been without complications.

That would make a move back to Las Palmas “the only one he is considering” as the 24-year-old was born on the island and spent the second half of last season with the club.

Jese, who started his career at Real Madrid, would also be given Las Palmas’ No 10 jersey as Oussama Tannane is expected to be moved on this month.

Football Italia website