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Swansea City Footballer Michu Out for 6 Weeks After Ankle Surgery

Posted by on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014


Swansea City’s star striker Miguel Pérez Cuesta, commonly known as Michu, will be absent from the Premier League until mid-February following ankle surgery. The Spaniard had been missing in action since a December 15th match against Norwich. The problems he’s endured have been “long-standing,” says manager Michael Laudrup. “It’s not good news,” he said of the surgery.

Michu Will Be Missed

Currently, Swansea City is holding 13th place in the league. Michu has scored six goals in 19 games this season, so his absence will undoubtedly sting. When he joined the team last summer, he scored 22 goals in 43 games last season. However, knee and ankle injuries have plagued him throughout this season.

“His ankle gets inflamed and it hurts,” Laudrup explained to the UK Mirror. Even just walking is painful for Michu. “He’s a very important player for us, but he’s just frustrated that he hasn’t been able to perform at his best level because he has played a lot of games at 80 per cent of his physical ability. He’s angry at himself because of the injury.”

The 27-year-old will end up missing at least six weeks of play, following his ankle operation in Portugal during the last week of December. His ankle injury, when combined with winger Nathan Dyer’s ankle ligament injury, leaves management scrambling for a forward during the January transfer window. The team is reportedly eyeing Liverpool striker Iago Aspas.

Swansea coach Alan Curtis insists that the prognosis for the last four months of the season is not as bad as expected. “We were looking at two to three months,” Curtis told the BBC Newsadding that surgery was inevitable for Michu. “It’s something that needed to happen, because he’s been struggling with his knees and his ankles. It’s interrupted his training and he’s missed a fair chunk of game-time this year. So we’ve missed him.”

Reasons For Chronic Ankle Pain & Inflammation

There are many reasons why Michu’s ankle has caused him such pain and grief this season. Usually patients suffer chronic pain following a nasty sprain. The connective tissue between the bones becomes stretched or torn. When players rush back to the field to play after an injury, the surrounding ligaments and muscles may remain weak and unstable. From there, players may suffer tears, fractures, nerve entrapment, arthritis, or the development of scar tissue — all of which can cause inflammation and pain.
Michu posted a photo of himself recovering from ankle surgery.
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When Ankle Surgery Is Needed

Conservative treatments — like physical therapy, injections, anti-inflammatory medications, and support braces — are rarely effective if the ankle has not been given adequate time to heal. Surgery can take up to 10 weeks for recovery, even when arthroscopic techniques are used.

During surgery, loose fragments of bone and tissue are removed, the joint surface is cleaned, ligaments are reconstructed, and tendons are transferred from elsewhere in the body. Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, ankle surgery is one of our specialties. We work with patients in developing the best treatment plan for their specific needs to help get them back in the game .


If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.