When Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio suffered a devastating ACL tear during the team’s pre-season match against Arsenal everyone assumed that the talented attacker was going to miss the entire 2019-2020 season recovering and rehabbing from that worrying injury.
However, it’s already been five months since he had surgery to repair his ligament and those injuries usually take from six to eight months to heal and allow the player to make his return, which means that he could be back in time before the end of the season.
A report from MARCA published this week suggested that Real Madrid expect Asensio to be back and “in good form” for the last months of the season. It’s clear that Asensio could in fact make his return to the pitch around April, with some key matches quite probably still to be played. Furthermore, the attacker will surely try to complete some good performances and find some minutes so that he can make Spain’s list for the upcoming 2020 UEFA Euro.
Either way, Asensio will need time and patience to regain both confidence and just basic form after such a long absence from the pitch. If Real Madrid are indeed competing for trophies by then, it will not be easy for Zidane to find Asensio the minutes he needs because he will just not be at his best.
A healthy, confident Asensio could be very useful for Real Madrid’s run to win some trophies this season. He was expected to be the starter on Real’s right flank of the offensive line and he was one of the team’s most notable players during the pre-season training camp in North America. However, will he be able to make that kind of impact shortly after his return?
Expect Zidane to use the last few stages of the Copa del Rey to give Asensio the chance to play and find his groove. If he can perform and show some encouraging signs during those minutes, then Asensio could very well be the team’s best winter signing in quite a while.