While Atlético were just able to hang on for Sunday’s 3-2 win over Levante, the victory came at the expense of Portuguese duo Tiago and Sílvio.
Tiago was handed a start at the last minute only because Gabi was a late scratch with a stomach flu, but the former Juventus man came up limp just before the half after suffering what Atleti’s official website is calling a “left rib injury”.
There’s no word yet as to the timetable for his recovery, though he is said to still be experiencing some pain.
Sílvio, who was a strong doubt to play against Levante in the first place because of his persistent groin problems, survived past the halfway point only to sustain what an MRI performed on Monday morning confirmed as a “grade II MCL sprain” in his left knee.
The 24-year-old was replaced by Luis Amaranto Perea in the 58th minute and will be sorely missed by Gregorio Manzano for Saturday’s Derby and beyond, with AS reporting he will be out for over a month.
According to the club’s official site, team captain Antonio López has been cleared to play following his recovery from minor knee surgery.
Gabi overcame his stomach bug and is also back in training.
Radamel Falcao is still nursing the hamstring injury that kept him out of Sunday’s clash.
An MRI on Monday confirmed the Colombian is making progress, but it’s still unclear if he will be fit in time to take part in the Madrid Derby.