Koke will be out of action for a couple of weeks and could be in danger of missing the Madrid derby on October 4th after picking up a hamstring injury in Atlético’s win against Eibar on Saturday.
The young midfielder underwent an MRI scan this morning at the Cerro del Espino, which confirmed that he had suffered a grade I-II strain of the upper right thigh.
Normally, such an injury requires around 2 to 3 weeks recovery time, which would rule Koke out of Getafe at home on Tuesday, next weekend’s trip to Villarreal, the visit of Benfica in the Champions League and the derby in the Calderón, as well as possibly Spain’s upcoming international matches.
He suffered the same injury during the opening minutes of our 4-0 win against Real Madrid back in February, returning ahead of schedule 18 days later when Atleti went to Bayer Leverkusen.
On that occasion, Saúl Ñíguez stepped up to plate in a big way, and this could open the door for him again to deputise for his fellow canterano. We may also get to see Óliver Torres or Carrasco in the line-up as a result.
Not many realised that he was actually injured when going off last night, and the change proved a significant one as replacement Ángel Correa scored less than a minute after replacing the 23 year-old.
He could be another who gets a chance to shine now, as he went on to record an assist in a match-winning performance in Ipurúa.
Koke hasn’t shown his best form on a consistent basis before the injury earlier in the year, but fingers crossed he can work his way back to full fitness soon as he is still one of our most important players.
With the European Championships coming up in the summer he will be keen to return and start performing again, and we’re convinved that it will only be a matter of time.
Who should replace Koke whilst he’s out of the team? Are you worried at all by his recent form?