In yet another devastating injury blow to Atlético, defender Álvaro Domínguez suffered a Grade II or III left ankle sprain in the dying minutes of yesterday’s U-21 clash between Spain and Croatia, according to Spanish media reports.
The centre-back has been ruled out of our Liga match against Getafe on Saturday and is almost certain to miss our Europa League bout versus Rosenborg next week.
Having broken the deadlock earlier on to put his country up 1-0 over the Croatians, Álvaro’s joy would later be replaced with agony after a harsh challenge by Croatia’s right-back Domagoj Vida in the 88th minute of La Rojita’s 3-0 victory.
Grimacing on the pitch and visibly in a lot of pain, Domínguez was forced to retire from the game just before regulation time expired having been replaced by Sporting’s Alberto Botía.
The former Atlético B man will undergo testing today in order to determine the severity of the injury. If it’s discovered to be a Grade III sprain, meaning, a complete tear of the ankle ligaments, Álvaro may require surgery.
If Diego Godín is not fit in time for the game on Saturday, Quique Sánchez Flores may be forced to start Juanito.
UPDATE: X-rays confirmed this morning that there was no bone damage to Domínguez’s ankle, however, an MRI verified the sprain and he is expected to be out for our next four matches against Getafe, Rosenborg, Villarreal and Almería.