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Gerard Moreno set to miss more time due to injury

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Unai Emery and Villarreal will be without his their player for some time.

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Gerard Moreno is our best player. With all due respect to Dani Parejo and Pau Torres, there simply aren’t many footballers anywhere who are as good at what they do as Gerard is. Nevertheless, we’ll be without him once again as he has suffered a strain to the soleus in his left leg. His exact amount of time out has not been stated, and it reads to me like they are just being cautious to make sure when he does return he is ready to go. You can read the club statement here.

In the immediate, it’s not the worst time for him to be out. Would I rather have him against a deep lying Huesca team? Certainly. But we should win that one regardless (knowing full well we didn’t last time). At the end of the month, though, we have a big matchup with Real Sociedad, and that match I think we really need him for. La Real have slipped some, and we are better than them, but I think we need Gerard to get a win.

He has already missed four matches this season, from middle of October until beginning of November. In those four matches we beat Valencia, Sivasspor, and Qarabag while drawing Cadiz.

What worries me about Saturday is that Huesca and Cadiz have some similarities in terms of their willingness to play a low block. At any rate, with the most important matches of the season coming up, we can’t afford to have Gerard aggravate something thereby missing even more matches.

Paco Alcacer coming back should help alleviate the pain of this loss, his missed penalty from yesterday aside he’s still a wonderful goalscorer. The fact that we played Ruben Pena as a wide attacking mid yesterday I think accentuates why the club are in the market for a right sided player (though Pena did very well) and I expect that transfer to happen here soon. We just have to hang on for a while as our talisman gets healthy. Get well soon Gerard!