Ahead of tonight's first leg of the Segunda play-off final against Girona, Rayo Vallecano have been given a boost with Joni Montiel having trained yesterday (Saturday).
It’s a bit early to say if he’ll be included in the squad for tonight's match, but if he works hard in the week to come and is able to train fully without having any adverse reaction, then Joni could well be in contention for the second leg on the 20th.
Bebé also trained yesterday, as did Esteban Saveljich who had to be substituted last week against Leganés due to a muscle injury. Álvaro García might still be a doubt though after falling and landing heavily during the same match.
Rayo Vallecano coach Andoni Iraola will assess the whole injury situation in Vallecas today before announcing his final line-up, but it looks a lot more positive today than it was in the earlier part of the week.
Cristhian Stuani has recovered from a hamstring injury sustained against Málaga last month and will start for Girona, who are missing Yoel Bárcenas who is unavailable due to Panama’s World Cup qualifiers.
Pablo Moreno and Valery have also trained this week and are both included in Girona's squad. 13th June, 2021
Bebé is doubtful for Rayo Vallecano for the second leg if the play-offs against Leganés with a shoulder injury from Thursday's first leg. He'll be having treatment and we'll see what happens over the next 48 hours. 6th June, 2021
For the first leg of the play-offs tonight against Leganés, Rayo Vallecano will again be without Alberto García and Joni Montiel. Both are out with knee injuries. Alberto has struggled since having surgery last season and is still working his way back to fitness, while Joni has a ligamentous sprain. 3rd June, 2021
Rayo Vallecano qualified for the play-offs last night despite losing 0-1 to Lugo, who stayed in the division as a result of winning in Vallecas. Rayo were without long-term-injured Alberto García and Joni Montiel.
Rayo’s play-off opponents Leganés were without Unai Bustinza, Kenneth Omeruo and Daniel Lasure for the win at Real Zaragoza on Sunday night. 31st May, 2021.
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A reminder that serious head injuries are never far away in football. Tano Bonnín of Hércules sustained a traumatic brain injury in the game with Badalona. 11th April, 2021.
At Rayo Vallecano, Santi Comesaña is unavailable due to pubalgia. This is a painful condition that usually arises from overuse mechanisms, and particularly the twisting and turning associated with football. The force going through the origin of the large group of adductor muscles is concentrated on a very small area on the pubic bone, leading to inflammation. Updated 12th March, 2021.
Rayo also have Emiliano Velázquez out with a quadriceps muscle injury of the thigh sustained in the match against Real Mallorca, 23rd January, 2021.
In the longer term, Rayo Vallecano goalkeeper Alberto García underwent surgery for cartilage damage in November, 2019 and has yet to regain full fitness. Alberto gets to the stage where he is almost able to return to full training but is still unable to make a return due to ongoing issues with the knee. Updated 12th March, 2021.
Ongoing rehab for ACL injuries seems to be the theme of the moment in La Segunda, with Cristian Cedrés of Las Palmas rupturing his right in the match v Rayo Vallecano in December 2020. As it's an ongoing process, the usual rehab that follows ACL surgery will keep him out for approximately 6 - 8 months. Updated 12th March, 2021.
Iván Calero of Málaga is out for the remainder of the season with a partial anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear coupled with a medial collateral ligament (MCL), sustained in the match v Almería, 12th December, 2020. As above, rehab is an ongoing and often lengthy process and it's no different for Iván. Updated 12th March, 2021.
Carlos Julio Martínez at Mirandés is currently working his way back to fitness after an osteochondral injury to his right knee with associated bone oedema. This is essentially an injury to the bone surface, in this case the femur, where it forms the upper part of the knee joint. Diagnosis and extent of the injury confirmed by MRI in December, 2020 but injuries of this nature take some time to respond. Updated 12th March, 2021.
Enzo Lombardo of Real Mallorca is reaching the later stages of his ongoing rehabilitation following surgery to repair a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), sustained last season. The injury occured while on loan at Racing Santander in the match against Ponferradina in June, 2020.
More updates and info to follow...