After picking up an ankle injury while playing for Argentina at the World Cup, Papu Gómez has been a constant presence on Sevilla’s injury list. Now, it appears that his rehabilitation has stalled and he will require surgery, as reported by Marca.
The deltoid ligament in Papu Gómez’s left ankle is causing problems with his circulation, and after a conservative treatment approach initially taken by his club, the team’s surgeons will aim to fix the issue with an arthroscopy this Friday.
While the recovery time can’t be fully known until after the surgery, for now, it’s estimated the Argentine will be out for around five weeks.
The loss of Gómez will strike a heavy blow to coach Jorge Sampaoli’s plans, who wanted to count on him to provide competition and rotate with Ivan Rakitić.
Originally, the conservative treatment was effective enough to the point where Gómez was able to play a part in the recent game against Elche. However, he wasn’t able to travel to Barcelona for Sunday’s game.
The 34-year-old still has an additional season left on his contract, but Sevilla may be looking to part ways with one of the club’s highest earners, particularly with his current injury situation.
GSFN | Nicolás Antúnez de Mayolo