Léo Baptistão had to be carried off the pitch at Atleti’s training facilities on a stretcher Wednesday morning, as he badly injured his ankle during the training session while attempting to dribble past talented young goalkeeper Bono.
Because of how badly the player seemed to be hurt, x-rays were taken immediately to rule out a more serious injury. The final diagnosis: a second degree ankle sprain.
This will keep the young Brazilian away from the pitch for at least two weeks, reports say.
Positive as the season may have started for Atlético, sprains of all sorts are appearing galore at Rojiblanco camp.
Fortunately, Gabi returned on Tuesday as he recovered from his knee injury a day after Raúl García reappeared from an identical knock to the one Léo has suffered. Mario Suárez’s also recently returned, but some supporters may be alarmed at the side effects of this intensity-driven Atleti.
(Side Note: Whoever has suffered a second degree ankle sprain knows it’s one of the most painful injuries there are. The normal resting period to eliminate a limp in your walk is several weeks, and a lot longer, perhaps months, until you can start practising any low intensity leisure sport. It’s a wonder of modern sports physiotherapy to see these players up and running in only a few days.)
Though this season’s Atleti has proven to have outstanding depth with the second line taking over the spotlight very successfully, it is slightly worrying to see the doctors so busy at Atlético during the week.
Let’s hope the toll paid for being the most intense team doesn’t cause the squad to take a hit in the results front, where, up to this moment, we have seen a new warrior take the place of any fallen teammate without the overall results dipping at all.