NEWS | 20/06/2020“I was thinking about the knee 24 hours a day, I was obsessed with getting back fit", said the forward in the Realmadrid TV documentary 'Marco Asensio, el desafío'.
“My reaction was to look over at the bench and think, 'What's happening to me? Somebody help me'", says Asensio of the painful moment he experienced in the friendly clash with Arsenal in Maryland, on 24 July 2019. The forward ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament and outer meniscus of his left knee.
He went under the knife a short time later, on 7 August 2019, before beginning a tough recovery process. “I was just setting small goals each week to help me keep improving. I was obsessed with getting back fit and I did anything I could which might help my knee to be stronger”, explains Asensio regarding the steps of the process, in which the swimming pool and gym sessions had a vital role to play.
Back on the pitch
Another significant step came on 24 January when he set foot back on the pitch for the first time. Three days later, he began to work with the ball, continuing to get back in shape and increasing the confidence in his knee while out on the field. All the hard work saw him return to full training with his teammates on 11 May, following the break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Return to competitive action
A recovery program over 10 months long, which the Mallorca-born forward believes has made him mentally stronger: “I was thinking about the knee 24 hours a day. All the work I did using the indoor facilities has really helped me in the process and for what's to come in the future”. Madridismo is thrilled to have Asensio back, and enjoyed his dream return against Valencia.