Tigres dealt massive injury blow: star defender ruled out for season

We have been dealt a massive injury blow today with the news that right-back Israel Jimenez is set to miss the rest of the Apertura through injury.

He has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will undergo an operation on Friday. It is expected that he will be sidelined until well into the Clausura.

It’s a cruel setback for the 27-year-old. He suffered a similar problem in his right knee three years ago and didn’t feature in the first eleven for almost a year. He was ultimately sent on loan to Tijuana in the 2014 Apertura in a bid to aid his recovery.

A Triumphant Hero

Jimenez’s journey back to full fitness was difficult, but he reaped the rewards of his hard work when he scored the winning penalty against Pumas in the Apertura 2015 final – etching himself into Tigres folklore in the process.

In an Instagram post, he vowed to return stronger than ever:

Who should take his place? Guti Estrada is still fighting his way back to full fitness after a similar injury and is unlikely to be risked. Jesus Duenas has played right-back in the last few games, but he’s a more effective operator in the center of the pitch.

Is it time to give Rivas another run in the first team? Let us know…

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