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Sergio Diaz out for the season

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A devastating ligament tear for Castilla’s loanee will see him sidelined for up to nine months

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Sergio Diaz, the Paraguayan prodigy who Real Madrid Castilla signed in 2016, suffered a meniscus and cruciate ligament tear against Numancia last Sunday. As he left the pitch that night due to injury, there was some concern -- but that concern escalated to another level when Diaz returned to Madrid for further tests, which revealed the devastating extent of his injury, one that will see him out for seven-to-nine months.

Diaz was stretchered off just ten minutes into his substitute appearance against Numancia with painful discomfort in his right knee. CD Lugo captain Seoane had said “It looked bad”; and head coach Francisco said after the match "He had fallen asleep a little at the knee and it is not a good sign, but I hope it is not [a serious injury]"

For Diaz, this is an obvious and heart-breaking blow. He’s had a rough go in Spain until now. After starting his Castilla campaign in blitzing form, he faded a bit as Solari transitioned him from a feared striker to a left winger who blended in as a pawn in the offensive scheme. He then left Castilla on loan to Lugo in search of playing time, which just hasn’t come his way yet. Diaz has played just 180 minutes this season, with sporadic minutes off the bench.

The Paraguayan will have surgery on December fifth in Madrid.