Atletico Madrid defender suffers ACL injury

Atletico Madrid defender suffers ACL injury

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Atletico Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko is set for a lengthy stint on the sidelines after suffering damage to his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on the weekend.

The fullback was forced off the pitch within a minute after attempting to make a tackle, with Juanfran introduced as his replacement.

The club have yet to announce a full timeline for his recovery as further tests will need to be conducted.

“Sime Vrsaljiko has undergone an MRI this Sunday in Majadahonda’s FREMAP Hospital, which have confirmed the injury in his left knee,” a statement read on the club’s official website.

“The Croatian international suffers an injury that affects the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee. Atlético’s right-back was hurt in the first minute of the match trying to win back a ball in the defensive area. The right-back will be undergo more tests.”

Despite being forced into the early change, Diego Simeone’s went on to claim a vital three points over top-four rivals Sevilla, thanks to goals from Diego Godin, Antoine Griezmann and Koke.

The results saw Atletico move to within two points of the weekend’s opposition in third place, while they remain eight points adrift of second place Barcelona.

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