Vigaray's serious injury leaves the defense in the box

Sports director Miguel Torrecilla has been forced to vary his plans on the fly and could sign up to two right-backs. French and the youthful Angel, emergency solutions.


The serious injury of Carlos Vigaray, which can have him out for up to half a year due to his battered right knee, has left the defense in the frame and will probably force Real Zaragoza to sign two right-backs to start the championship in the Second Division. The first intention of Miguel Torrecilla was to incorporate this summer a footballer who would cover the return of Tejero to Éibar and fight for the position with Vigaray, an undisputed holder, but the result of the diagnostic arthroscopy that was carried out on Thursday to the Madrid defender, where It was found that he suffers from a very important ailment in the external meniscus with cartilage affectation, it has forced to vary the plans of the sports management on the go.

Torrecilla first targeted Víctor Gómez, Espanyol's right-hander who was on loan last season at Mirandés, but his annual salary exceeds half a million euros, an amount that is beyond the possibilities of Zaragoza and more when the sale of the club continues in full negotiation, without yet an agreement of any kind and, therefore, without a date for the signing of the sale contract, as the Zaragoza negotiating party acknowledged yesterday to AS.Meanwhile, Juan Ignacio Martínez has the emergency solutions of Francés, who knows that position, although he does not want to stop his splendid projection as a central defender, and of the youthful Ángel, one of the homegrown players who are doing the preseason with the first team and to which the technicians predict a remarkable future. But the right-back is, for now, empty and Torrecilla is going to have to incorporate at least one important player for that demarcation, ultimately counting on the versatility of Francés.

Vigaray, 26 years old and signed by Alavés two summers ago with the release letter, has a contract until June 30, 2023, but his injury is very serious and his physical response, awaiting a new surgical intervention in six weeks is anyone's guess.

For its part, Zaragoza is a little closer to getting the signing of the French central Peybernes, although there are no fringes to close the deal and, like most important issues at Real Zaragoza, everything is pending that the change of ownership in the sports corporation

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