Real Zaragoza might not have been contenders for the Spanish league title at the start of the season but they were certainly touted as challengers for a UEFA Champions League spot. But 18 matches into the season and they are struggling even for a UEFA Cup spot.
And much of the meltdown in form can be credited to the absence of their influential midfielder Pablo Aimar. According to a SkySports report, the Argentine international midfielder could be out for the next three months. Aimar is supposed to undergoing an operation on a pelvic injury and that will bar him from taking onto the pitch.
Although Zaragoza have not revealed how long the player will be out of action, the Spanish press suggests that Aimar wouldn’t be able to play any football for at least three months. This is a huge blow for Victor Fernandez’s side which is currently languishing in 10th in La Liga.
Aimar was instrumental last season when Zaragoza played wonderful football and finished 6th in the table. Aimar was signed by Zaragoza in the summer of 2006 from Valencia and instantly clicked with the likes of fellow Argentines Andres d’Alessandro and Diego Milito in attack. Last season Aimar scored 5 times in the league and this time around he has started 11 matches this season and has appeared as a substitute on 3 other occasions but is yet to register any goal and has provided just 3 assists. In all likelihood, Zaragoza will miss Aimar and creativity from central midfield.