Braithwaite breaks down and targets three weeks low

Ronald Koeman's first major setback and the season itself hasn't started yet. Danish forward Martin Braithwaite had to retire in Saturday's morning session after suffering a puncture in the quadriceps in his left leg. The tests he underwent today confirmed the extent of the injury: tear in the rectus quadriceps. As usual in these cases, the club did not want to advance a recovery forecast, but from AS we have been able to confirm that the minimum time of withdrawal will be about three weeks.

Thus, Braithwaite will certainly not participate in the first three games of the season –Villarreal, Celta and Sevilla– Likewise, it remains to be seen if this setback It could close the doors to a possible transfer, as it is clear that he is not among Ronald Koeman's priorities when it comes to forwards.

Braithwaite joins the list of casualties of the squad, led by the goalkeeper Ter Stegen, who underwent surgery a month ago for the patellar tendon in his right knee, Samuel Umtiti, who has disappeared from training since July 2, and midfielder Matheus Fernandes, who suffered an injury the day before the match against Nàstic hamstrings.