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Malaga could take a dip into the transfer market for Mamadou Koné replacement

Koné picked up the injury against Nàstic in November.
Koné picked up the injury against Nàstic in November. / Ñito Salas
  • La Liga rules say that players can be signed outside the transfer window to replace players who have been ruled out through injury for five months or longer

Malaga are looking at all of the options available to them after receiving the news that on-loan striker Mamadou Koné will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair damage to a torn quadriceps muscle in his left leg last week.

La Liga rules say that players can be signed outside the transfer window (from other Spanish clubs only) to replace players who have been ruled out through injury for five months or longer.

However, at this moment in time, with the surgery having only just taken place, the club must wait for the official medical verdict on how long the lay-off is expected to be before making a petition to the league authorities.

"The situation is complicated," said head coach Juan Ramón Muñiz at a press conference this week. "He could be out for four or five months but we cannot say for sure at this time."