REAL MADRID | VARANE
Raphaël Varane damaged his lateral meniscus
An injury to the lateral, rather than the medial meniscus, is likely to involve an extra month’s recovery time.
Varane didn’t train on Friday as he continued with treatment to his right knee, which is recovering from surgery. The player is yet to come back from the operation carried out by Hervé Silbert on 12 May in Béziers, France and there is an element of mystery to the injury. Real Madrid at the time said that it was a an injury to the “meniscus” and it was taken as read that they meant the “medial meniscus”... the reality though is that the injury was to the lateral meniscus and it was the player himself who asked the club not to reveal the true nature of the injury.
The difference is that an injury to the lateral meniscus tends to mean a longer, more difficult, recovery and therefore a longer time out (two to three months, a whole month more than for an injury to the medial meniscus). Despite knowing this, Varane, one month after the operation for the injury he suffered during the game against Espanyol, was optimistic. “The aim is to be ready for the pre-season between 10 and 15 July”.
The real issue is that he has tried to come back into the squad several times but the affected knee continues to swell up. It doesn’t mean the injury has recurred, but it’s not a good sign and the club are now worried that the young defender is not hitting his recovery target dates.
In spite of the fact the knee doesn’t feel good Varane turned to Twitter to send an optimistic message: “My recovery program for the knee continues as it was, with not particular issues. Although I’m keen to get back quickly to competition I know I need to be patient to come back stronger physically”.
For now though, he needs to wait...