Espanyol midfielder Javi Marquez will miss the rest of the season after breaking his leg during his side’s 2-0 victory over Sevilla on Saturday evening.
Los Periquitos picked up a superb win over the struggling Rojiblancos thanks to a deadly double from Pablo Osvaldo, ensuring that they have breathing space from the sides in the relegation positions at the wrong end of la Primera.
However, Marquez’s injury has culled the celebrations, with the club's medical staff confirming that the 23-year old has a fractured fibula and will play not further part in this La Liga campaign.
The injury occurred during a clash with team-mate Ivan Alonso as both players challenged for a loose ball, and the Uruguayan striker accidentally caught Marquez on the leg.
The injury is a huge blow for both coach Mauricio Pochettino and Marquez himself.
The Spaniard had established himself as a first-team regular this season after a difficult spell, and his boss Pochettino will be ruing the loss of one of his most creative midfielders until next season.
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