Madrid - Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has lamented
21-year-old forward Jese Rodriguez's luck after he suffered cruciate ligament
damage in his right knee during his side's 3-1 win over Schalke on Tuesday.
Victory ensured Real's passage into the quarter-finals of
the Champions League 9-2 on aggregate, however it came at a cost as Jese will
undoubtedly miss the rest of the season and is expected to be sidelined for at
least six months.
Ancelotti, though, believes his own experience of suffering
a similar injury at the same age as a player can help lift the Spanish under-21
"He has had bad luck and it is bad luck for Real Madrid
because we are going to lose a very important, young player who has done very
well this season and surprised everyone."
"Injuries are part of a footballer's career and we are
going to help raise him to comeback stronger next season.
"I had the same injury at a similar age and was still
able to have a career. The instability is not good, but it doesn't necessarily
have to be all bad. We need to think positively. He will return to being an important
player for Real Madrid."
Jese's injury meant that Gareth Bale was worked more than
expected just five days before Sunday's crucial La Liga clash with Barcelona as
he was introduced after just eight minutes.
However, the Welshman looked very impressive as he was
involved in setting up all three goals as Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to
take his tally for the season in the Champions League to 13 before Alvaro
Morata added a third.
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