Ángel Correa’s long awaited comeback after heart surgery looks set to take him on loan to Atlético Madrid’s city neighbours, Rayo Vallecano in January. The move was suggested when Correa first moved to Spain but the discovery of the heart condition during his medical for Atleti meant his career was put on hiatus. As he has now resumed training with Diego Simeone’s squad, the loan move will be the next step in Correa’s recovery.
Correa was a key part in San Lorenzo’s 2013 Inicial triumph and Copa Libertadores success, the 19-year-old was closing on a move to Madrid when the heart condition was discovered.
Correa was immediately sent to New York to have specialists remove the ventricular cyst that was found on his heart and the lengthy recovery period meant that he missed the Libertadores Final and was made to sweat over his dream move to La Liga.
Returning to training sees the transfer finalised and San Lorenzo start receiving some of the $8 million fee but the loan move to Rayo Vallecano is good news for all involved. Los Vallecanos get a player with enormous potential, Atletico get Correa back playing football and the youngster too gets back to fitness.
Correa will continue training with Diego Simeone and his side and is then expected to meet with Humberto Grondona, manager of the Argentina under-20s and an AFA cardiologist to see if he is fit to link up with the squad. The plan is that Correa be part of Argentina’s squad that will travel to Uruguay in January for the South American under 20 Championship.
After a worrying few months it will be a relief to see a talent, such as Ángel Correa, back playing football and it could be a real bonus for Argentina. The Copa America is likely to come too soon but make no mistake, Correa is one for the future.