Atlético midfielder Tiago is a doubt for Málaga’s visit to the Calderón on Saturday after suffering a lumbar contusion and minor cervical sprain (whiplash) in the final seconds of our match against Deportivo, according to reports in the Spanish media.
Depor’s last chance to level the score came from a corner kick, and having nothing to lose and already having netted a match winner a couple of weeks ago, the Galicians’ goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia joined his teammates in the box to serve as an additional attacking threat.
When the ball was slung in towards the penalty area, Aranzubia charged the goal box and awkwardly dove into Tiago’s lower body, sending the Portuguese midfielder into a flying spin before he crashed to the ground, smacking his neck on the pitch.
Tomas Ujfalusi was seen hoisting Tiago up after the final whistle had blown, and Atleti’s official site later issued a medical report describing the knock sustained by the former Portugal international as a lumbar contusion and minor cervical sprain.
The severity of the injury is unclear, but we’ll keep you posted as soon as we have an update on the 29-year-old’s condition.
According to AS, midfielder Koke, who sprained his knee a fortnight ago in our away match against Espanyol, is likely to return in time to face off against Pellegrini’s men this weekend and may replace Tiago in the starting XI.