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Thomas Lemar will undergo Achilles tendon surgery

The player suffered a break in Atlético de Madrid's last game

Thomas Lemar, Atlético de Madrid midfielder, has ruptured his right Achilles tendon, as confirmed by tests this Sunday, after being injured in the 40th minute of Saturday's match against Valencia, which will require surgery, as stated. as reported by the rojiblanco club, and will be out for between five and six months, until 2024, according to the usual recovery period for this ailment.

“Thomas Lemar had to be substituted in the match we played at Mestalla against Valencia CF. After the tests carried out on the French player, the report offered by the club's medical services indicates that he suffers a rupture of his right Achilles tendon and will have to undergo surgery,” Atlético announced in a statement early in the afternoon.

“A lot of strength Thom, we wish you a speedy recovery!” added the club, which does not specify the recovery period that such an injury will require, which normally ranges between five and six months, depending on the case.

This Saturday, in the 40th minute and 18 seconds of the match at Mestalla, after a corner taken from the right corner of the Atlético attack by Rodrigo Riquelme, pumped to the far post, Lemar headed the cross and fell to the ground "in a bad position", as reflected in the medical report of the rojiblanco club. The game continued, oblivious to the fact that the French international had been left lying on the ground. Afterwards, after the action, he was treated on the grass.

The scene, the gestures of pain of the French midfielder, with his hands on his head, while he was treated for a minute on the field by Óscar Celada, Atlético de Madrid's doctor, revealed the importance of the injury. Even more so, when the doctor demanded the stretcher to remove the player from the field. With a blanket, with his hands on his face, with the applause of the Mestalla public, Lemar made his way to the locker room for the first examination.

From that moment on, the medical services of the red and white club, according to the entity's report on its official channels, feared "a serious injury to the Achilles tendon" of the footballer, in the absence of tests to confirm the definitive diagnosis, known this Sunday and that leaves Simeone without Lemar until at least next February, in the event that his recovery is only four months, the fastest estimate generally.

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That period of time would leave him out of the entire group stage of the Champions League plus 21 League games plus the Spanish Super Cup plus most rounds of the Copa del Rey.

This season, Lemar has started in the three games available for Diego Simeone (he was absent in the duel against Rayo Vallecano due to muscle discomfort) and has almost always occupied an important position in the coach's selection, either as a starter or as a resource from the bench, except for specific moments, throughout his six seasons at the rojiblanco club.

In total, the 27-year-old French international has played 178 of the 195 available games, 112 of them as a starter, with the Madrid team, with ten goals and nineteen assists. Last season, Lemar played 32 games, 21 starts, with one goal and three assists. In the last League that Atlético won, he was one of the men who formed the coach's typical midfield, along with Marcos Llorente and Koke Resurrección.


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