Multi sport superstar and leading scorer for Villarreal’s women’s first team Salma Paralluelo has torn her ACL ligament in her knee and will be done for the rest of the season. The 17 year old is one of the top track athletes in Spain and was having a great season for Villarreal as well as they sit 9 points clear atop the women’s Segunda table.
One of the first people to wish Salma well was men’s first choice keeper Sergio Asenjo, who knows more about this injury than having had four cruciate ruptures himself over the course of his career.
The good news here is that Salma is still very young and that these orthopedic surgeries have improved by leaps and bounds in recent years. There should be every expectation that she makes a full recovery, especially with the resources Villarreal as a club can offer her. I had a ACL tear myself in 2006 and just in the time since then they’ve totally reconfigured how the surgery is done to make the healing process faster and more effective. Often, now, an ACL surgery doesn’t even leave the large scar that used to be its trademark down the front of someone’s knee.
The club will certainly not rush Salma back, but in all likelihood we should see her back on the pitch well before the end of the year. We wish Salma a speedy recovery and can’t wait to see her back on the pitch and track, dominating as one of the best athletes in the world.
After we published, Iborra, who is recovering from the same injury, gave well wishes also: