Real send get-well soon letter to injured striker

Real Madrid have delivered a get-well soon message to England Under-21 international Duncan Watmore after he suffered a second major knee injury.

The Sunderland forward faces around 10 months on the treatment table after suffering cruciate ligament damage in the English Championship match against Millwall, in November. It was only the sixth game that the 23-year-old had played since returning from the same injury.

But his rehabilitation has been given a boost after Real Madrid sent a letter wishing him well in his recovery.

Real’s director of institutional relations and former striker Emilio Butragueno wrote: “Dear Duncan, On behalf of our president, Florentino Perez, and those who work for Real Madrid, we would like to wish you a smooth and speedy recovery from your knee injury.”

Watmore has seen his promising career derailed by the two successive injuries, but his father, Ian, applauded the gesture from Madrid.

“If he was a world famous player maybe you’d expect it. It was totally out of the blue,” he told the BBC.

“To get the letter was a total surprise but what an incredible gesture from a very classy club.

“It has given Duncan a real lift. He sent me a picture of it on WhatsApp as he left the training ground and I asked if I could tweet it. The reaction has been great.

“His situation is just awful really. We don’t know how long he will be out this time but I would be surprised if he is back before September or October next year.”