Emiliano Sala’s Sister Posts Picture Of His Dog Waiting For Him To Return Home

Emiliano Sala's sister Romina has shared a heartbreaking photo of the footballer's dog 'waiting' for him to return home.

Emiliano Sala and his dog, Nala. Credit: Emiliano Sala/Instagram
Emiliano Sala and his dog, Nala. Credit: Emiliano Sala/Instagram

She posted a picture of Emilano's dog Nala staring out into the distance, accompanied by the powerful message: "Nala is waiting for you, too..."

Nala has cropped up several times in the 28-year-old Argentine forward's Instagram feed - with one, from October 2015, seeing him refer to her as 'my faithful companion'.

Emiliano Sala's sister, Romina, shared a photo of his dog, Nala. Credit: Romina Sala/Facebook
Emiliano Sala's sister, Romina, shared a photo of his dog, Nala. Credit: Romina Sala/Facebook

Another from the month before shows 'new member' Nala relaxing outside, while a photo from 2017 shows the pair gazing out across the water with the caption 'nada como ir juntos a la par', which translates roughly as 'nothing like going together next to each other'.

Sala and his dog, Nala. Credit: Emiliano Sala/Instagram
Sala and his dog, Nala. Credit: Emiliano Sala/Instagram

Emiliano and pilot David Ibbotson are both currently missing, presumed dead, after their plane went missing two weeks ago.

After the plane's wreckage was found underwater on Sunday, the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed the sighting of one as-yet-undentified body.

In a statement the AAIB said: "The remotely operated vehicle (ROV) carried out a further search of the area overnight, but did not identify any additional pieces of wreckage.

"Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage. The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of the pilot and passenger, and the police."

The plane wreckage was found on Sunday. Credit: AAIB
The plane wreckage was found on Sunday. Credit: AAIB

At the weekend, oceanographer and marine scientist David Mearns had launched a private survey vessel, confirming on Sunday the wreckage had been found after 'a couple of hours' of searching the seabed of the English Channel. He explained the investigation had then been handed over to the AAIB.

He told Sky Sports News: "Our job is done. This is an active investigation now in the hands of the AAIB, and they will be taking over as agreed.

"We've had a long trip back and all I could think about was the families. This is what they wanted us to do, we've achieved it and that's the best we could have hoped for - the best outcome.

"Incredibly tragic and sad, and a devastating moment, but at least some of their questions will be answered because of what we will be able to do today."

Emiliano had been travelling from Nantes - where his previous club is based - to meet up with his new teammates at Cardiff City, after signing a £15 million transfer deal from the French club.

Featured Image Credit: Romina Sala/Facebook

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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