A couple days back, Real Sociedad officially confirmed that Martin Ødegaard has been suffering from patellar tendinopathy, which must have been what Imanol Alguacil was referring to when he said: “He [Ødegaard] has been dealing with the injury since October and has even played with pain.”

Today, a Real Sociedad doctor (Javier Barrera) discussed Ødegaard’s injury at greater length:

He has patellar tendinopathy in his right knee. It is a heavy injury that does not have 100% effective treatment. We have been testing what we had at our disposal: physical therapy, personalized exercise programs, regulating loads for training and games...We have talked with more people to see what can be done. The first weeks after confinement he was better, but against Real Madrid it hurt again and he played against Celta with discomfort. We have gone to Barcelona to explore another type of treatment with a specialist and are looking to avoid the operating room, something that we are not contemplating now. In the short term, we want him to be able to play while taking care of training loads and using physical therapy, taking into account his needs and the needs of the coach.