Asier Illarramendi is one such condition as he could return to the field this weekend after 289 days.

Asier Illarramendi returns after 289 days

Some players who believed that their seasons ended due to injury took advantage of the delay in sports events, and extending the season allowed them to return and contribute. Asier Illarramendi is one such condition as he could return to the field this weekend after 289 days. The former Real Madrid midfielder was supposed to be a vital cog in Imanol Alguacil’s Real Sociedad team. Still, he received a devastating injury in the third match of the league season. That happened against Athletic Club, and he has been on the sidelines since then, for a total of 289 days. However, the San Sebastian club has somehow managed to succeed with outstanding performances by Mikel Merino, Igor Zubeldia, and Ander Guevara to fill the gap in the middle of the field left by Illarramendi.

La Real are quite capable of applying for the Champions League. With Martin Odegaard and Mikel Oyarzabal form one of the most exciting creative partnerships in Europe. Still, the return of such a veteran presence can only improve their chances. The initial injury received by the Spaniard was a rupture of the fibula in the left leg. Which was supposed to push him into the background for a little more than two months. However, a more serious injury was found during the operation. And it had to be treated with a fixed screw, which had to be removed after six to eight weeks. As such, Illarramendi dropped out for quite some time than anyone expected. But he was able to train with his team-mates from March 8th.

His coach showed that there had been ups and downs throughout the midfielder’s recovery, but he’s finally going to return to the field and increase La Real’s squad and oppose Osasuna on Sunday night.