Doctors Ricard Pruna and Ramon Cugat at the press conference / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

The player Andreu Fontàs underwent knee arthroscopy surgery this morning to correct the ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The surgery was led by doctors Ramon Cugat and Ricard Pruna, the player’s estimated recovery time is six months.

Once Dr. Cugat and Dr. Pruna completed the procedure, they held a joint press conference in the pressroom of the Ciutat Esportiva to explain the details of the operation.

“In high spirits”

Pruna said that Fontàs is in high spirits despite the gravity of his injury. “Frankly, he’s dealing with it well. He’s been in high spirits since the beginning and he isn’t afraid of dealing with a long recovery time,” said Dr. Pruna. The doctor went on to say that “he already had a corrective surgery, when he broke his fifth metatarsal in his foot. He was out of action for three months.” The past injury, according to the doctor, has mentally helped the player deal with his current injury.

Dr. Pruna went on to say that the player will be out of action for sex months, “we hope to have him fit for the preseason.” Dr. Cugat added, “the doctor isn’t in charge, it’s the player’s injured knee” that will set the recovery time.

It’s worth noting that Fontàs injured his knee on the 12th, Thursday, during the first half of the last 16 round of the King’s Cup match against Osasuna.

On Villa: “He is doing very well”

The doctors were also asked about David Villa’s progress with his injury (fractured tibia). “He’s doing really well and he’s working. For the moment, everything is going according to plan, his recovery is great - but it’s too early to set a return date,” said Dr. Cugat. He went on to say that Afellay, who is recuperating from a long-term injury, is also doing “very well.” The doctor concluded with, “starting this February he’ll begin his recuperation on the field.”

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