Chapter 4- Welcome to La Liga
It all happened so fast. One second he was dribbling past defenders. THe next second was he was on the ground. I rushed out onto the field and prayed that he was ok. But he didn't get up. Carlos Vela was lying on the ground in an immense amount of pain.
Carlos, Carlos, are you ok?
He doesn't respond, he just grimaces in pain. To the left of him, is Gonzalo Castro. He gives me an innocent look. Gonzalo Castro, our club disease, has made a disgusting late tackle on Carlos Vela. Vela was manhandling him in training. Went by him every time in our dribbling drills. THis time, he had enough. Vela skipped past him, and Castro lashed out at his ankle. And now, Vela is on the ground.
The physio races toward Vela. He stops right in front of me and starts Iceing the Vela's chest.
What's wrong with his chest?
It wasn't the blow to the ankle that was the injury, it was the fall. He slammed his Chest on the ground with more force that the body can handle. At best, he bruised his rib , but it looks like he has a chest injury.
How long will he be out for?
Probably a couple weeks at least. We'll need to take him to the Hospital to find out.
Later at the hospital
Vela's been at the Hospital for 3 hours now, and he's been undergoing several tests on his reflexes and all of that. I'm not an expert on this stuff, but it looks like the doctors think that it's not that big of a deal. They told me they'd have a final diagnosis in 20 minutes.
20 minutes later
Mr. Di Matteo?
We have a final diagnosis. Carlos Vela has a bruised chest, and he probably won't be playing football for the next 3 or 4 weeks.
I bury my head in my hands. IF this is correct, which it obviously is, it means that he won't be playing against Barcelona in a couple days.
However, this is a but. We have a stamina injection. If Carlos wants, he can take this injection. It will allow him to play against Barca, but then we strongly suggest that he rests after that.
Carlos tells the doctor that he wants to do it. I breathe a sigh of relief as our best player will still be playing, against Barcelona.