The Ecuadorian midfielder will be away from the courts for at least six months. On Sunday he suffered an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee.
Christian Noboa will be out of the competition for six months after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. This was confirmed by his club, Zenit, through its website. “A medical examination, after the game, has shown that Christian Noboa has an injury to the right anterior cruciate ligament and in the next few days he will have to undergo an operation.
Approximate withdrawal time: six months “. If the intervention is successful, Noboa would return to the fields in February 2019. Before, he will have to undergo a long rehabilitation stage that will begin with absolute rest for 15 days, once the operation is over.
According to journalist Kristy Alvarado, the operation would take place today (22:00 in Ecuador) in Barcelona, Spain. It is not yet confirmed if the recovery will be made in the same city or will return to St. Petersburg, Russia.
The injury happened during the game in which Zenit beat Ural Yekaterinburg, for the fourth day of the Russian Premier League. Noboa began as a starter and had to be replaced at 59 ‘by Claudio Kranevitter.
The Ecuadorian, who had been included for three weeks in the “ideal 11” of Russian football, broke his knee while trying to steal the ball from a player from Ural, who was approaching the goal from the sideline.
In the images it is observed that Noboa stretched his right leg to cut spaces and when he tried to pick it up he stayed stuck in the grass, at that moment all the weight of his body fell on the knee. Immediately, the “Tsar” made the gesture of substitution to the bench of substitutes and immediately entered the Zenit doctors.
The play paralyzed the game and even the rivals approached to console the Ecuadorian who burst into tears at the pain. After the game, striker Artem Dzyuba expressed solidarity for the injury of his teammate and left in the background the 4-1 thrashing of Zenit against Ural.
He even thought initially that the ailment would not be complex. “The victory was overshadowed by Christian’s injury; I hope you are good”. Hernán Darío Gómez, DT of the Ecuadorian national team, regretted the news and wished him a speedy recovery. “Christian Noboa is a great leader and a great player, we are saddened by the injury he suffered.” Weeks ago, Noboa, through social networks, led the “United to return” campaign. The message he conveyed is that Ecuador will be able to qualify for the Qatar World Cup 2022, as long as the whole country is united. “It’s time to turn the page and be united to go to Qatar.” (I)