Madrid Press: Jese Rodriguez injury mars Los Blancos win

Madrid Press: Jese Rodriguez injury mars Los Blancos win


Real Madrid cruised into the quarter finals of the Champions League last night, with the 3-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu over Schalke confirming their place in the last eight with a 9-2 aggregate score.

But the major talking point in the papers this morning is not the jubilation at making it through, rather the injury to Jese Rodriguez.

The young forward, who has enjoyed an outstanding campaign, scoring eight goals in his debut season in the first team squad, went down under a challenge in the 2nd minute of the match. He was forced off, replaced by Gareth Bale, and the club later confirmed he had torn his anterior cruciate ligament.

The injury, similar to the one suffered by Sami Khedira back in November, means Jese’s season has come to an end, and any hope he had of representing Spain at the World Cup is over. He is expected to miss around six months of action.

In more positive news, Marca and AS both mention the fact Ronaldo’s two goals last night mean he not only warmed up for the Clasico in the best possible way, but also drew level with Ferenc Puskas on the list of top goalscorers in the history of Real Madrid. His 13 goals in the Champions League this season so far also means he is just one goal short of equaling the record for the most number of goals scored in one campaign.