The hunt for a new midfielder has begun for Rayo Vallecano after an injury to Gorka Elustondo.
After the weekend win over Eibar for Rayo, a defeat to Leganes in La Copa set them back and saw them eliminated from the competition.
Another setback was the injury to Elustondo during the win over Eibar at Vallecas and it has now been confirmed that the Basque midfielder will miss a substantial period due to a break in the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee.
No date has been given on his surgery, but it has been confirmed that Rayo will look to bring in a new midfielder once the January transfer market opens.
Alvaro Medran and Giannelli Imbula have both played in Elustondo’s role previously this season but it is understood Michel wants a player of the same characteristics and mould to the battling midfielder.
Huge possession stats but no success against Leganes
After a 2-2 first leg draw, Rayo were favourites to progress from the Round of 32 tie, but despite having 73% of possession and 15 attempts on goal – they narrowly lost 1-0.
Much has been the high praise of Leganes keeper Andriy Lunin, who stopped Rayo on several occasions, including a penalty save to deny Bebe – however, Michel will look for different ways to score during training this week.
Michel on unfair result
Focused on the away league trip to Real Betis now, Rayo boss Michel did speak to reporters following his side’s La Copa exit and he said that the result was unfair on his players.
“The result has been unfair, the players deserved a lot more but it did not come. We had 15 chances and they scored on one counter attack. We are unhappy that we did not progress but must focus on the weekend game now.”
Following the upcoming trip to Betis, Rayo will then host Real Madrid.