Footballer mocked online over spot of bother

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One of the hottest properties in world football, the 21-year-old found himself in a spot of bother ahead of their 3-0 win over reigning Cypriot champions Apoel Nicosia.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane refused to confirm the rumour, but the Frenchman laughed as he told Spanish reporters Asensio “has a pimple on his leg which means he cannot lift his sock”.

Marco Asensio will miss Real Madrid v APOEL tonight due to an infected pimple from shaving his legs 😱😂 pic.twitter.com/dQWXc5twGn

— Footy Jokes (@Footy_Jokes) September 13, 2017

Spanish newspaper ABC reported the attacking midfielder’s hair got infected thanks to a razor.

His absence provoked a predictably witty reaction on social media.

Marco Asensio is out of Real Madrid’s team due to an infected pimple after shaving his legs. Never would’ve happened in my day. We waxed.

— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 13, 2017

Former England captain Gary Lineker joked that it would never have happened in his day as “we waxed”.

@marcoasensio10 😒 pic.twitter.com/Fr6jz9heSf

— Supernova Gamers (@supernovagam) September 14, 2017

There were many comparisons with other players of the past who had reacted somewhat differently to injury, such as German legends Bert Trautmann, who completed an FA Cup final with a broken neck and Franz Beckenbauer, who carried on playing a World Cup semi-final with a dislocated shoulder.

1956: Man City keeper Bert Trautmann breaks his neck, plays rest of match

2017: Marco Asensio out due to infected pimple from shaving legs pic.twitter.com/kUnrznqSyZ

— Footy Jokes (@Footy_Jokes) September 13, 2017

It remains to be seen whether Spanish international Asensio recovers from the most modern of footballers’ injuries in time for his side’s next match – against Real Sociedad in La Liga on Sunday.

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