It was the 33rd minute at the Getafe Coliseum when Zubimendi made a foul in the midfield area. Sadiq Umar, the most advanced man in Real Sociedad, asked the bench for instructions on how to position himself. He did it on the edge of the area, marking in the area; Damián took off, Sola cleared with a header and the ball went to Angileri. Sadiq ran towards him to put pressure on him, the Argentine made a break with his body and the Real footballer wanted to rectify it, he stepped on the grass with his right leg and his studs got stuck in the grass. He immediately called for assistance. As with any serious injury, he didn’t tumble or fuss. The doctors immediately asked for the change.
The first impression that it seemed like a major injury was confirmed by the doctors at the Gipuzkoa Polyclinic –where the player arrived on crutches–, who issued a forceful medical report: “Sadiq suffered a torsion in his right knee during the Getafe match- Royal Society”, they point out. “The MRI shows a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament. It is a subsidiary lesion of surgical treatment. In the next few days it will be reported. He starts treatment with physiotherapy and personalized work”. Simply put, the Nigerian striker is missing the rest of the season.
Only ten days after arriving at Real in an emergency move after losing Isak, transferred to Newcastle for 70 million euros, the team led by Imanol Alguacil also lost its star signing for several months, who played the first days with Almería and debuted in Anoeta with a goal against Atlético de Madrid. The San Sebastian club paid 20 million for Sadiq, a goal guarantee, which is now lost. At the moment no quick movement is foreseen to solve the absence. Possibly, Olabe, the technical secretary, will wait for the winter market, since he could only sign free players, so Imanol will have to use what he has in the squad.
The misfortunes in the front of the Real have been going on for just over a year. The first to return after a cruciate ligament injury was Ander Barrenetxea, out since January 2021, who was able to recover for the start of the season, but in addition to Sadiq, two other players remain in the infirmary. Mikel Oyarzabal was injured during training in March, and in addition to the domestic competition he misses the World Cup; Also Carlos Fernández, who was injured in the 2021 preseason, and has chained several ailments, is still not playing, although he will probably be the next to reappear.
Sadiq Umar had been in San Sebastian for ten days. He had played 128 minutes with the Real shirt, 45 of them at Anoeta and the rest between Old Trafford and the Alfonso Pérez Coliseum. He will now undergo surgery and the doctors estimate a recovery of around eight months.