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02.05.2009 13:43

Márquez, successful operation

Anna Segura

The Mexican defender has undergone surgery on Saturday on the internal and external meniscus of his right knee. He will not be rejoining the first team until the preseason.

After getting injured on Tuesday against Chelsea , Rafa Márquez underwent treatment on Saturday morning, which involved therapeutic arthroscopy on the internal and external meniscus of his right knee. The surgeon, joined by first team doctor Ricard Pruna, then appeared before the media to explain how the operation had gone.

Both meniscus

Ramon Cugat confirmed that both the inner and outer meniscus had been affected and that “the broken and dislocated part of the inner meniscus has been removed, because suture was not possible. The outer meniscus has been set straight”.

Recovery period

QM3D0036.jpgThe doctors also confirmed that Rafa Márquez will be out for between two and a half to three months, meaning the final stages of his recovery will coincide with the team’s preseason training.

Next steps

Following surgery, Rafa Márquez will spend the weekend in hospital. Then “the first stage of post-surgery will take three or four weeks” when he will be monitored by Doctor Cugat.

After that, Rafa Márquez will be handed over the to the club’s Medical Service, and the final stages of his programme “will be with his team mates in Barcelona”, just as the preseason gets under way.

Swine fever

cugat-pruna.jpgAsked that if Rafa Márquez returns to Mexico, whether any special precautions will be taken against the flu epidemic, Ricard Pruna said that in theory all of this intervention will take place in Barcelona, although he will have a holiday period. “If he travels and comes back infected, we will take the right measures with regard to his colleagues and himself” said the first team doctor.
Márquez, successful operation

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“We are working to get Milito fit for the preseason”
On May 13 a year will have passed since Gaby Milito received surgery on cruciate ligaments in his right knee, an injury he picked up in the Champions League semi final at Old Trafford. The Argentine defender has not played since, and the Doctor was asked to explain why.

Doctor Cugat said that the initial recovery period had been “very positive”, but then the player noted problems that have caused a setback in progress. He has gradually been returning to work both here and in Argentina, and “the player is making progress … he has even been able train with the first team”.

“But the knee was still causing pain, and that was both a moral and physical setback for him, because it meant he would not be back before the end of the season … he is being tormented by pain.” Therefore, they decided “to continue with the treatment plan without rushing things or setting deadlines” but nevertheless, the plan is for Milito “to be ready in time for the preseason”.

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