Atlético Madrid’s worst fears were confirmed last night, as it was revealed that Tiago had fractured a bone in his right shin after being forced off against Espanyol and will face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The Portuguese international winced with pain after an innocuous challenge with Marco Asensio in the first half, and was taken straight to hospital whilst his teammates saw out the 1-0 win.
After the match, club president Enrique Cerezo went to visit the 34 year-old along with captains Gabi and Diego Godín, as players and fans alike took to social media to pay their tributes.
Club doctor José María Villalón was also by the midfielder’s side, and confirmed on Saturday evening that the recovery period will take roundabout four months.
Tiago spent the night in hospital, before undergoing successful surgery at the FREMAP clinic in Majadahonda this morning.
After this morning’s training session, Diego Simeone was pictured as he went to pay a visit, and the Argentine boss seemed upbeat about his chances of having the former Chelsea man available before the end of the season.
“Knowing Tiago, tomorrow he’ll be counting down the days until he can play again.” he said. “He’s a player with a tremendous amount of energy so we’re sure he’ll be back in good time. I’d like to send him all of our support, we love him very much.”
So far this season Tiago has been arguably Atlético’s stand-out performer, appearing in 17 of our 18 matches so far and playing more minutes than anybody bar Oblak, Godín and Griezmann.
The midfielder – who is out of contract next summer – is also in line to play in the European Champions with Portugual in June, so will be hoping to be fully fit in good time to make the squad.
All of us at AtléticoFans.com wish Tiago a speedy recovery, and look forward to seeing him back in the red and white soon. Ánimo!