Promising Tottenham attacker Iago Falque's latest loan spell has got off to a nightmare start.
Tottenham starlet Iago Falque may have hoped for a first team opportunity this season, but it wasn't to be.
Despite very impressing performances for the under-21s, and then playing a key role on loan as Spanish Segunda Liga side Almeira were promoted, he was overlooked.
Even this season he started like a house on fire for Spurs' under-21s, bagging three goals in two games.
Just over a week ago, 23-year-old Falque managed to secure a season long loan move to La Liga side Rayo Vallecano, where he had hoped there could be a chance of first team football.
Except he could have to wait a while.
After Rayo suffered a terrible 5-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid, new boy Falque was handed a start in the weekend game against Levante.
It did not go well. Falque was subsituted just five minutes into his debut after going down injured.
Subsequent tests have revealed that he has torn an abductor muscle, an injury which will rule him out for six to eight weeks.
It means he will miss out on the chance to face Barcelona, as well as Malaga, Sevilla, Valencia and Real Sociedad - a tough run of fixtures which would have given him a real chance in the spotlight.
There is one date he will hope to be fit again for, November 3. Rayo Vallecano host Real Madrid, and Falque can have the chance to face former Spurs teammate Gareth Bale.
As he no doubt curses his luck, he at least has something to look forward to, and even more inspiration to rush back better than ever.
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