Hamstring injury blow for Atletico ace Koke

The Liga champions have revealed that the 23-year-old has a muscle injury but it is not yet known how long the player will be out

Atletico Madrid have announced that midfield ace Koke suffered a hamstring injury in Saturday’s Liga win over city rivals Real.

The 23-year-old hobbled off just 10 minutes into the derby clash at the Vicente Calderon, clutching his left thigh as he exited the field.

Koke’s condition was assessed at the FREMAP clinic in the Spanish capital in Monday and it was subsequently revealed that he is now facing an unspecified stint on the sidelines.

“The test results confirm that the home-grown player suffered a grade II muscle injury on the hamstring of his left thigh,” a statement on Atletico’s official website read.

Koke’s injury is an undoubted blow for Atletico, who drew back to within four points of Liga leaders Real by routing Carlo Ancelotti’s side 4-0 at the Vicente Calderon.

However, Rojiblancos boss Diego Simeone will take heart from the fact that Saul Niguez, who came on in place of the injured Koke on Saturday, had an excellent derby, netting the home side’s second goal.

Atletico continue the defence of their Spanish title with a trip to Celta on Sunday, while they face Bayer Leverkusen in the last 16 of the Champions League later this month.

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