Atlético striker Radamel Falcao was sent back to Madrid early after picking up a muscle injury in training with the Colombian national team in Barranquilla last Wednesday.
The knock prevented the 25-year-old from playing important World Cup qualifying matches against Venezuela and Argentina in his home country.
‘El Tigre’ is shooting for a recovery in time for Atleti’s trip to the Santiago Bernabéu on the 26th of November.
In an effort to take part in his first Madrid Derby, the forward will sit out against Levante when the Valencian side visit the Vicente Calderón on Sunday.
“During a normal movement in practice, Falcao kicked the ball with his left leg and felt a pain in the adductor [muscle] of his right leg,” Colombian national team doctor Carlos Ulloa told Reuters.
Falcao arrived in Madrid on Saturday to immediately begin his rehabilitation efforts, Atlético’s official site reports.
“The goal is to be at the Bernabéu against Real Madrid,” the former Porto man told the media at a press conference on Saturday.
“The time limits are very short but I will do everything in order to be in that game.”
He continued: “Dr. Villalón received all of the reports from the Colombian national team doctor. It is unfortunate that the injury has come at a crucial moment in the championship. It’s an uncomfortable situation for both Atletico and me.
“These things happen.”