Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has posted a heartfelt message on Twitter to show his support for former team-mate Sergio Asenjo following confirmation the Villarreal goalkeeper suffered anterior cruciate knee ligament damage against Atletico Madrid in La Liga last night.
The Colombia international played alongside the Spanish stopper during their time together at the Vicente Calderon, and after picking up a similarly serious injury last year took to social media to send his best wishes.
Asenjo has a pretty poor record of fitness problems as this is the third time he's actually ruptured knee ligaments in his career, and at the age of 25 he now faces another lengthy period on the sidelines after Villarreal informed their supporters that the player will require surgery.
In a seemingly innocuous passage of play, Asenjo rose to claim a cross in the 85th minute at El Madrigal before landing awkwardly and rolling around in a heap on the floor. He was in clear discomfort as he left the pitch to be replaced by Juan Carlos with a little over five minutes of the match remaining.
The game actually finished 1-0 in the visitors' favour after Fernando Torres came off the bench to score, and in doing so kept alive Diego Simeone's slender hopes of retaining the title, with Los Rojiblancos currently occupying third place, nine points behind leaders Barcelona and seven adrift of Real Madrid with four games remaining.
As for Villarreal, their winless run now extends to ten games, and their misery was compounded by the long-term injury suffered by Asenjo, who is now expected to be in the treatment room for the next six months at least.
The Spaniard has received an overwhelming amount of messages of support in the hours that followed from a variety of different players, including the uplifting tweet from Red Devils marksman Falcao, whose words were translated by The Express.
"This has happened to you before two times and you will do it once more, you are a fighter and we are all with you. Go Sergio!" it read.
The 29-year-old knows better than most the amount of hard work and commitment required to bounce back from such a serious injury after he missed a significant amount of last season with a similar problem, and was also forced to sit out of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil last summer.
He made his playing return for AS Monaco in pre-season before negotiating a season-long loan move to Old Trafford. However, he's so far failed to rediscover the same sort of goalscoring form that earned him a reputation as one of the most lethal strikers in world football.
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