Rafa Alcántara is in the final stretch of his recovery from yet another long-term knee injury. After leaving the field against Atletico Madrid, there's light at the end of the tunnel for the midfielder as he hopes to return to training next week.
He had an operation on the 4th December after tearing his cruciate ligament. The recovery time is around six months and he's right on schedule to join in with physical work. Rafinha's current plan is to work on his fitness over the summer in order to be ready for the start of preseason on the 14th July.
Renew or sold on?
The recovery is a chance for Rafinha to be optimistic about his future. He's currently under contract until 2020 and this means something needs to be agreed this summer, be that signing an extension or selling him before he's available on a free transfer. At the moment the plan is to move him on in order to generate funds.
However, no can discard the possibility that should he return to preseason in peak physical condition he might convince Valverde he could be of use next season.