Last season saw Iago Falque impress for Tottenham Hotspur’s Under-21 outfit on numerous occasions, as well as impressing with Spanish outfit Almeria on loan. With that in mind some ambitious followers felt he might even get a chance in the first team - but Andre Villas-Boas was not about to put his faith in the 23-year-old former Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus attacker (illustrious hey?)
So instead he was sent out to Spain on loan once again, this time with Rayo Vallecano.
But things immediately went wrong, when he tore an abductor muscle initially ruling him out of action for around six to eight weeks.
Well he has returned earlier than expected, being handed a start against Champions League outfit Real Sociedad.
But he did not shine on his return to action, coming off after just 53 minutes as he clearly failed to demonstrate a complete recovery to full fitness.
You have to wonder why Rayo risked him considering his recent injury turmoil, but they obviously felt he was up to the task, and the struggling outfit needed to mix things up for this game.
But Falque was clearly not ready for such an early return to action - especially from the start.
And to make matters worse the player who came on for him was Jonathan Viera, who went on to score an 89th minute winner for The Franjirrojos, jumping off the foot of the table in the process.
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