According to reports from Onda Cero, Alberto Moreno is undergoing testing in Barcelona this week to uncover the extent of the damage to his left knee. The concern is that he could miss most of the season. We’ve had our share of injury stricken Spaniards over the years and it seems that particularly unfortunate legacy is falling to the left back.
The sad part is, for much of his career Moreno was very healthy, but three different muscle injuries cost him twenty-one matches last campaign, and he looks set to spend more time on the sideline now.
According to the Onda Cero report, the club had been looking to move on from either Pedraza or Jaume Costa this summer, but will now rely on the duo in the left back role. Emery seems particularly earnest to try out Pedraza in his system, and the player has in my opinion stepped up and met the challenge.
We should no for sure later on this week how bad Alberto’s knee actually is. On the field, his loss would be negligible, as both Costa and Pedraza can provide similar output on the pitch:
Off the pitch is, for me, a greater concern. If Alberto is hurt and therefore we do not move on from any of the three left backs, that also means we are paying all three of those salaries this season. If we are paying all three of those salaries, I wonder whether that will keep us from getting reinforcements we need elsewhere.
In the meantime, we hope Alberto has a speedy recovery and that he can put these injury woes behind him.