Asensio avoids risks

The edema that occurred last Tuesday in the training of the National Team has been a scare, but there is discomfort in the club due to his call to play in the League of Nations.

The scare that Marco Asensio got last Tuesday during training with the National Team in Las Rozas (he fell into bad posture during a game in training, feeling discomfort in his left knee, the same one that he underwent surgery on last summer after suffering a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament and in the external meniscus of that joint), the Madrid footballer worked normally yesterday in the Valdebebas gym. The Balearic was examined, firstly, by the medical services of the National Team and later, he was observed by the Madrid doctors.

The good news that he was only suffering from edema reassured both the player and Zidane, but it has not removed the anger within the club, which saw Asensio's return to the National Team somewhat hasty. It is true that the player returned in very good condition after the stoppage due to the coronavirus. Zidane knew how to calibrate his minutes in that batch of 11 final matches: he started three times, played 331 minutes (the game he played the longest was against Athletic in San Mamés, with 74 minutes, his first start of the season) and scored three goals in the nine games he played. That is why it has collided inside that Luis Enrique summoned him so soon. They did not want the case of Hazard to be repeated, who after recovering from his ankle injury, his desire to be available for Roberto Martínez with a view to the European Championship, led to a relapse in the white defeat in the Levante field.

Everyone knows the potential of the player, whom Zidane wants to take advantage of both on the right wing and playing a false nine (Lopetegui tested him there in the 2018 preseason and Zidane wanted to observe him in the summer of 2019, but his injury truncated everything). The French coach wants to expand his tactical record, especially in attack: he has five important players for him: Benzema, Hazard, Asensio, Rodrygo and Vinicius (the order of the factors does not alter the product). He does not have Bale, and wants to give Jovic another season to calibrate him with more minutes (he participated in 27 games, but only completed 90 minutes on one occasion). And there appears the availability of Asensio: both to play on the right wing, on the other side as a false striker, and even on the left wing.

For now, the club medical services have reviewed the edema to monitor its evolution: it has undergone two reviews. The player, after resting on Wednesday and Thursday, no longer feels pain, but the club wants to avoid gestures or actions that could harm him. They want to avoid risks. The first, Marco Asensio himself.

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