Adrián can’t catch a break.
Well, perhaps break isn’t the appropriate word to use at the moment.
The 25-year-old suffered a cheekbone fracture in the second half of Atlético’s 3-1 home victory over Champions League opponents Zenit Saint Petersburg on Wednesday that is expected to keep him out of action for three weeks.
Handed a rare start in replacement of the UEFA-suspended Diego Costa, the striker failed to convincingly capitalise on the opportunity.
Though he showed flashes of his undeniable class, his displacement out wide on the left flank prevented him from getting much of a whiff of goal–a place he’s already tended to shy away from.
David Villa and Arda took three shots apiece, while Koke struck goalward a surprising six times.
‘Adri’ helped himself to a grand total of zero shots.
The former Deportivo man’s injury resulted from perhaps his closest opportunity to hit one between the sticks.
Instead of making solid contact with the ball as he went up for the header though, the head of a Zenit player crashed into his face.
Amazingly, and perhaps a sign of his eagerness to win back a starting job, after being briefly attended to, Adrián went on to play for roughly 15 minutes with a broken face before finally being replaced by Léo Baptistão–who, of course, immediately scored our third goal with his first touch of the ball.
Adrián will be released from the hospital on Friday after undergoing surgery, and the AtléticoFans staff would like to wish him a speedy recovery.