Valencia’s Mouctar Diakhaby told he may not play again after ‘terrifying’ injury that tore ‘four or five ligaments’ against Real Madrid


Mouctar Diakhaby has been given a gut-wrenching diagnosis by two doctors after his horror injury against Real Madrid.

The Valencia defender was stretchered off during the 2-2 draw with Madrid in very concerning scenes after taking the weight of Aurelien Tchouameni on his right leg.

Players were left traumatised by Diakhaby's dislocated knee


Players were left traumatised by Diakhaby’s dislocated kneeCredit: Getty

Valencia have since announced that the 27-year-old dislocated his right knee, a diagnosis which could hardly be much worse, and that he will undergo surgery.

Two doctors familiar with the injury have since discussed Diakhaby’s long road back to recovery.

Juan Jose Lopez Martinez, Carlos Alcaraz’s personal doctor, told Mundo Deportivo: “Unfortunately it is a very serious injury and, therefore, there is a serious risk of not being able to play football again. 

“These injuries usually damage the cartilage, which is a structure that does not regenerate.”

Valencian doctor and trauma specialist Enrique Gastaldi concurred, telling Cadena SER: “The injury that Diakhaby has suffered is terrifying. 

“The dislocation has taken the anterior cruciate ligament and the posterior cruciate ligament. It is a very rare injury, the most serious that a player can have in the knee. 

“He has probably torn four or five ligaments. It is a crazy injury..

“With this type of injury the first thing I have to look for is that the patient can walk and that there are no more problems… and we are not talking about less than 9 or 12 months of sick leave. 

Diakhaby was in good spirits as he reunited with his teammates


Diakhaby was in good spirits as he reunited with his teammatesCredit: Valencia CF

“With this type of injury there is no need to give deadlines and the same thing takes one or two operations.”

Despite facing a potentially indefinite spell on the sidelines, Guinea international Diakhaby showed why he is so loved by his teammates.

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Returning to the club training ground three days on from the injury and before his surgery, a heavily-bandaged Diakhaby was applauded by head coach Ruben Baraja and club staff, and he even managed to crack a few smiles with his teammates.

Responding to the news in his Champions League press conference, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said: “All of us have been close to Mouctar. We have talked to him and we are very sorry for what has happened, but he will be back. 

“Injuries in football are quite frequent. We have been close to him and we have seen him with confidence and enthusiasm. He will come back well and we wish him the best.”



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