Wass set to miss 5 weeks
Just one day after turning in a solid performance in an impressive 3-0 victory against Girona, it was confirmed that first choice right-back Daniel Wass looks set to miss the next 5 weeks after picking up a knee injury. The versatile 31 year old Danish international sprained his knee ligaments during a training session with the club, and will now undergo a period of physiotherapy and rehabilitation before being fit again for selection. Wass has been a mainstay in the Valencia team since joining the club from Celta Vigo for just over £5 million back in July 2018, making over 60 appearances for the club to date since his arrival.
With the right hand side already an area of concern for the club, this latest blow could see Valencia forced to look at an emergency signing to provide cover for the opening weeks of the new season. At present, the only real back up is in the form of 21 year old Portuguese under-21 international Thierry Correia, although with just 4 first team appearances under his belt he currently lacks La Liga experience since his switch from Sporting Lisbon 2 seasons ago, although there is no doubting his potential, which was enough to see Valencia pay over £5 million to bring him to the club last September. Centre half Gabriel Paulista could also provide cover if required. Further forward, winger Jason also suffered a pulled groin, although he will hopefully be back in contention for the next pre-season friendly against Penafiel next week.
Meanwhile, in the transfer market the club confirmed the departure of 2 youngsters on loan for the coming season. 17 year old attacking midfielder Samuel Maciá will spend the year with Third division Basque semi-professional side Sestao River, where he is likely to feature heavily for the first team in Group 4. Fellow youngster Víctor Esquerdo, whose brother Vicente is also at the club, heads to the Segunda B2 with a loan switch to Navarre based club UD Mutilvera. Left-footed Víctor is also an attacking midfielder, and will be hoping to shine during his loan spell so he can follow in the footsteps of his older brother and represent the first team. Vicente made his debut for the first team back in November last year after impressing regularly with the B team in la Segunda.Share this: