Despite the closure of the transfer window, Malaga are in the market for a centre back after news filtered through that Diego Gonzalez’s injury is worse than first feared and he will be out for at least three months.
Before hobbling out of the Valencia game on 19 September, Gonzalez, who joined from Sevilla Atletico in the summer, had established himself as the first choice partner for Luis Hernandez in the heart of defence despite his lack of top-flight experience.
His injury now leaves the Blue and Whites seriously short-staffed as Luis Hernandez struggles to recover in time from a persistent niggle for Sunday’s fixture against Leganes. Paul Baysse, a summer signing himself, is now Malaga’s only fit specialist centre-half and will likely start alongside Miguel Torres, normally a full-back, against the Madrid side.
Doubts also persist over the fitness of left-back Federico Ricca, who is capable of playing in the centre, so Malaga are now scouring the market for players currently unattached.
Despite loaning out Mikel Villanueva and Luis Munoz to Cadiz and Lugo, respectively, it is understood that new director of football Mario Husillos would prefer to bring in a new player in order not to halt their development and limit their game time once Hernandez and Gonzalez return to fitness.
After Weligton and Martin Demichelis retired in the summer, defence has been Malaga’s Achilles heel, conceding 16 goals – a tally that could have been much worse but for the fine form of new keeper Roberto.
Whoever the new signing may be, what is certain is that they will be lacking in fitness and will need time to get up to speed.
Malaga sit bottom of the table and entertain Leganes at La Rosaleda on Sunday evening.