Seven La Liga stars who successfully overcame ACL injury

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After Barcelona and Spain star Gavi tore his anterior cruciate knee ligament, otherwise known as the ACL, both fan bases have shown signs of concern over the 19-year-old’s fate.

Gavi’s injury has also affected the meniscus, so he may remain out of the field for up to ten months, so this has shown great doubts as to how it will affect his game.

No doubt this injury will have some impact especially if we consider Ansu Fati’s ongoing problems as he has so far been unable to fully recapture his early career form.

This has caused ‘fear’ that Gavi may suffer from similar problems. But there are a number of examples of stars who have made big comebacks after ACL injuries, with some even making significant improvements, Marca reported .

Xavi Hernandez

Gavi’s manager. Xavi must know what Gavi is going through as he had the same injury in 2005 and returned to play in the 2006 World Cup. Four years later, he was on the Ballon d’Or podium having won all the trophies .

Mikel Oyarzabal

His Spain team-mate Mikel Oyarzabal is also aware of the challenge Gavi is facing. He tore his ACL in March 2022 and missed the World Cup in Qatar as a result. While it took him nine months to get back on the pitch, he now looks like the player he used to be as Oyarzabal is in career-best form.

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Diego Costa

Before going on loan to Rayo Vallecano, Diego Costa injured his ACL. Few could accuse Costa of taking a toll on him physically as he returned to Atletico to lead them to the La Liga title and the Champions League final.

Sergio Canales

Another of Gavi’s team-mates in Spain, Sergio Canales, had a tough time with injuries at Real Madrid and Real Sociedad, before finding his best form at Real Betis. Now in Mexico, he was part of the Spain that won the Nations League last summer alongside Gavin and became a ‘hero’ in the city of Seville.

Inigo Ruiz de Galarreta

Two seasons ago, Ruiz de Galarreta suffered a brutal injury while playing for Mallorca. However, after his return, his form remained the same, and his good performances even led to his transfer to Athletic Bilbao, his boyhood club.

Radamel Falcao

While it’s true that injuries have greatly affected the second half of his career, the Colombian forward bounced back from an ACL injury to become the world’s most ‘deadly’ striker. While still just 20 years old, Falcao was injured while part of River Plates, before winning trophies with Porto and Atletico Madrid. 

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