It’s a rare occasion when Arda returns from competition with his national team unscathed.
Unfortunately, the 24-year-old’s curse with Turkey has struck again.
Not only did he have to endure the pain of his countrymen’s back-to-back defeats in the latest round of World Cup qualifiers to both Romania and Hungary, the former Galatasaray man also suffered what Atlético’s medical staff confirmed on Thursday as a “sprained right ankle joint, affecting the posterior talofibular ligament”.
According to reports in Spain, the injury will keep the midfielder sidelined for 10 days, which means he will be unable to take part in our upcoming match against Real Sociedad in San Sebastián, and our consecutive home games versus Académica de Coimbra and Osasuna.
If Thursday’s training session is any indication, it appears Rojiblanco boss Diego Simeone will roll out with Koke, Raúl García and Adrían behind our deadly striker Radamel Falcao for Sunday’s league bout at Anoeta.