Promising youngster Alvaro Vadillo ruled out for between two and six months for Betis


Real Betis have been rocked by the news that promising youngster Alvaro Vadillo has been ruled out for at least two months through injury.

It was confirmed on Monday that the promising 17-year-old partially tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee after a 20th-minute clash with Sergio Ramos during Saturday’s game between Real Madrid and Betis.

Recently valued at €20m, the club have moved to secure Vadillo to a new, appearance-related contract after his performances for the club this season made an impression.

However, the player is now set for a spell on the sidelines and it is yet to be determined for how long. The attacking midfielder underwent an MRI scan on Monday and is set for an arthroscopy on Thursday to discover the extent of the damage and to then diagnose a recovery period.

The best case scenario is understood to be an eight-week lay-off, but if the player is required to have surgery then recovery will be extended to as much as six months.

Club physio Tomas Calero told Radio Marca of the player’s resilience since picking up the injury: “Alvaro’s head is in the right place and he has shown commendable composure. We were very surprised by his strength.

“He told us that he prefers us to operate if we have any doubt [of his full recovery otherwise]. Unfortunately, although the ligament is not completely broken, it is quite effected in the same capability which is why we are doing the arthroscopy to decide. It is a large partial tear, but we will be left with no doubt after Thursday.”

The man performing the arthroscopy on the player, Dr Santiago Perez Hidalgo, offered his insight to diarodesevilla.es: “If we see that the ligament is relatively strong to ensure that in a short space of time it can support pressure then we will not operate.

“This procedure is not traumatic to the join and in about two months he could be ready. If we see that the ligament is not right and raises doubts about whether it can support movement then he will be out for much longer.”

The player has thanked fans for their messages of support on social networks, whilst even Sevilla Coach Marcelino Garcia Toral expressed his disappointment on behalf of the youngster, commenting: “This really is a great pity. A kid who began with all the enthusiasim and in his first appearance on the big stage has this outcome. May he have the best provisions to recover.

“Hopefully within a short time we will see him play again, and we can face him in the derby.”

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