Watford winger Mauro Zarate confirms cruciate ligament damage

Watford's Mauro Zarate suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury against West Ham United on Saturday.

Zarate, a January signing from Fiorentina, twisted his knee awkwardly towards the end of the first half of the 1-1 draw against his former club.

The winger needed oxygen and nine minutes of treatment on the pitch before being carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital for scans.

And on Sunday the 29-year-old revealed the extent of the damage in an Instagram post.

He wrote: "With sadness I inform you that the results show the following: anterior cruciate ligament rupture plus an injury grade 1 of medial collateral ligament.

"I will face this with all my strength and will be back stronger than before."


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Zarate was making only his third appearance for the Hornets and earned the penalty from which Troy Deeney opened the scoring, but he now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.