Sheraldo Becker had a dream start in Spain. Earlier this month, he scored on his debut for Real Sociedad. However, the winger is now sidelined with an injury.Embed from Getty Images
Real Sociedad, the prominent Basque football club, is currently grappling with an alarming injury crisis that has significantly impacted its squad depth and readiness, especially as they prepare for a critical phase in the Champions League.
The team has been hit hard by a series of injuries, sidelining several key players, which has raised concerns about their ability to compete effectively in the upcoming matches, particularly in the highly competitive European arena.
Among those already on the injury list are Aihen Muñoz, Kieran Tierney, Artis Elustondo, Mikel Merino, Robin Le Normand, Arsen Zakharyan, and Urko González de Zarata. This list represents a significant portion of the team's core strength, affecting various positions across the pitch. The absence of these players has undoubtedly disrupted the team's strategies and formations, forcing the coaching staff to make adjustments and rely on less experienced players.
The situation worsened recently when Álvaro Odriozola, a key wing-back who had just recovered from a previous injury, had to leave the field in the early minutes of the match against Girona due to another injury. His early exit from the game was a major blow to the team, and the prognosis suggests he will be unavailable for several weeks. This rules him out of the crucial upcoming round of 16 clash with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, a match that is undoubtedly vital for Real Sociedad's European aspirations.
Additionally, Carlos Fernández, another important player in the Sociedad squad, is also likely to miss the much-anticipated match against PSG. His absence adds to the already mounting concerns for the team as they face one of the toughest opponents in European football.
The injury woes extend to Sheraldo Becker, a recent transfer to La Liga, who had his eyes set on making an impact in the Champions League, particularly in the matches against Paris Saint-Germain. Becker started his tenure with Real Sociedad promisingly but suffered a hamstring injury shortly after halftime in the match against Girona. This injury casts serious doubts on his availability for the upcoming clash with PSG, particularly the first leg, which is just nine days away. For Becker, who moved from Ajax, this setback is not just a personal disappointment but also a significant loss for the team, given his potential to influence high-profile matches.
This string of injuries has put Real Sociedad in a challenging position as they approach a crucial juncture in their season. The absence of these key players against a formidable team like Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16 poses a substantial hurdle. It puts pressure on the rest of the squad and the coaching staff to find effective solutions and strategies to compensate for the missing talent and experience. How Real Sociedad navigates through this injury crisis and performs in the upcoming matches will be a true test of the team's depth, resilience, and tactical adaptability.