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An update on Mauro Zarate after the Argentine injured his knee against West Ham United on Saturday

Injury Update | Mauro Zarate

Mauro Zarate has flown to Spain to discuss surgery options with Watford's trusted knee specialist.

The Argentine playmaker ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and damaged the medial collateral ligament in his right knee against West Ham on Saturday. 

He was initially assessed at the Princess Grace Hospital in Marylebone and travelled to Barcelona today (Wednesday) to see Dr Ramon Cugat with medical director Luca Gatteschi. 

"We are going to have an assessment with Dr Cugat," said Gatteschi. "We will then decide the best way in terms of surgery."

Cugat also operated on Roberto Pereyra, who damaged the meniscus in his left knee. 

"Zarate's injury is different. It is not a bad injury but it is a big injury."

The January signing will definitely be out for the rest of the season but the 29-year-old will be back for the start of next season.

"Zarate will come back stronger," said Gatteschi. 

"There is no problem with that. It is important he has a very good surgery and then a very accurate recovery. It takes time. 

“He needs to have full function and a full recovery of the knee. We need to respect the time for a full recovery and not have any further risk to the knee."

Gatteschi is also overseeing the rehabilitation of Pereyra, who is on the road to recovery at Udinese.

"His rehab is going very well," said Gattaschi. "I speak every week with people at Udinese and Pereyra is doing good. He will come here or I will go there next week."

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