Las Palmas cancel Sergi Samper’s loan deal after he was ruled out for the season

Las Palmas have canceled the remainder of midfielder Sergi Samper’s loan deal after he underwent surgery at Barcelona earlier this month.

Samper suffered a fibula and ligament fracture in his ankle in his second league appearance of the season against Eibar on January 6 and will not play again this season.

“Las Palmas would like to thank Samper for his excellent behavior and professionalism during his time at the club and wishes him good luck, both personally and in football,” the club said in a statement.

Barca agreed to send Samper to Las Palmas on loan for the season last summer but he’s been unlucky with injuries since joining Gran Canaria.

He suffered a calf injury before he even made his debut for the club, ruling him out for a month.

And after returning from injury, he found a team in crisis amid a number of managerial changes.

Manolo Marquez was replaced by Pako Ayestaran, who eventually gave Samper his first minutes in Las Palmas, but Paquito Ortiz, who temporarily replaced Ayestaran, didn’t use him.

The appointment of Paco Jemez appeared to be a stepping stone for Samper, who made a total of two La Liga starts, with two more and an appearance as a substitute in the Copa del Rey.

Samper, who has a contract at Barcelona until next year, will now stay at the club as he aims to return to full fitness for next season.

Joining the club aged six, he progressed through La Masia and made 12 first-team appearances, spending last season on loan at Granada.

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