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Atletico Madrid’s Tiago suffers sprained knee in Almeria loss, doubtful for 2nd leg of Copa del Rey

by Tom Conn | Posted on Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Atletico Madrid midfielder, Tiago suffered a sprained knee in his side’s forgettable 2-0 loss to Almeria on Saturday evening and is doubtful for the 2nd leg of Atletico’s Copa del Rey semi-final tie against Real Madrid on Tuesday.

Photo courtesy of Atletico Madrid

Photo courtesy of Atletico Madrid

In the 67th minute, with the score still 0-0, a hard challenge by Almeria’s Simeone Barbosa took Tiago down and the Brazilian was forced to the leave pitch on a stretcher.

Tiago underwent several tests in the locker room where club doctors determined that the player had suffered a knee sprain, which was better than the alternative.

At the end of the match, manager Diego Simeone still had not learned the result of the tests and was visibly concerned over the health of one of his most trusted midfielders.

“Tiago’s injury? This is what worries me the most.”

However, a statement released on the club’s website following the match confirmed that there was no tear to the ligaments, but it is unlikely that Tiago will participate in Tuesday’s Copa del Rey Derby against Real Madrid.

“The Atletico player came off in obvious pain. After the first scan, the Portuguese player has sprained right knee joint. He is pending more tests.”

UPDATE: It was learned after the aforementioned tests that Tiago also broke his wrist, but it shouldn’t affect his performances on the pitch.

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