August 31, 2018 Martin Merquelanz He traveled to Ipurua with the hope of being able to fulfill his dream of debuting in the First Division with the Real shirt. A tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at El Sardinero, which was scheduled to be his last game at Sanse, had postponed his jump to the first team in December 2017 to cover the departure of Carlos Vela.
After not entering the call in the first two days, Asier Garitano pulled the irundarra in the week in which Imanol Agirretxe he had made public his decision to retire after his umpteenth relapse.
That August 31 was also the day he made his debut with the first team Luca sangalli, his companion in that unforgettable generation of 95, although unlike Merquelanz he did it as a starter.
Muscle injury Willian jose A quarter of an hour into the penalty shoot-out that led to 0-1 announced a storm and this was unleashed in the final stretch of the derby. In the 84th minute, and with 1-1 on the scoreboard, Asier Garitano I call Merquelanz to enter instead of Illarramendi.
The Irundarra jumped to the grass in his baptism in the elite, but the euphoria barely lasted a couple of minutes, which took his right knee to break practically in the first ball he touched. Knowing their history, the blood of all the txuri urdin was frozen as Garitano he put his hands to his head aware of the severity of the injury, another torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Today, and after recovering from an acute tendinopathy of the proximal insertion of the adductor longus muscle of the right hip, Merquelanz He returns to Ipurua, the scene in which he made his dream come true and lived a nightmare.