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Madrid boss laments Rodriguez's injury

19 March 2014, 15:01

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 international.

"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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