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Real Madrid: Asensio to return to Spain on Thursday after ACL tear

Marco Asensio is expected to fly back to Madrid on Thursday, before undergoing surgery on his ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

Real Madrid: Injured Asensio to return to Spain on Thursday
Amber Searls USA TODAY Sports

Marco Asensio is set to return to Spain on Thursday. The Real Madrid player has been left devastated by the serious injury that he suffered against Arsenal in the International Champions Cup, with tests confirming on Wednesday that he has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament and lateral meniscus in his left knee.

Asensio advised against travelling back to Spain earlier

Asensio spent Tuesday night in hospital, where he was taken straight from the FedEx Field stadium in Landover, Maryland, and Madrid club doctors are now considering how best to proceed. As things stand, the plan is to fly back to Spain on Thursday as it is not advisable to do so any earlier.

Overnight on Tuesday, Asensio received initial treatment designed to alleviate major swelling in his knee joint and damage to blood vessels. The injury, which is expected to sideline him for six to nine months, does not require him to go under the knife urgently, so the immediate priority is to get him back to Madrid.

Club sources say that he won't then travel on to anywhere else outside of Spain, with his operation most likely to take place at a hospital in the Spanish capital.

Club would rather find in-house solution to Asensio absence

The injury is a major blow not only to Asensio but also to Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane, who is now working with the club to fill the void left by the Spain international. Los Blancos, who have arrived at the next destination on their North American tour, New York, are currently minded to find a solution in-house, rather than dipping into the transfer market.