The bad news keeps piling up for Atlético Madrid. Hours after suffering a 3-0 defeat at El Madrigal it has been confirmed that first-choice keeper Jan Oblak will require surgery to correct a dislocated shoulder and could face three to four months on the sidelines, in all probability ruling him out of the Champions League last 16 tie first leg match against Bayer Leverkusen on February 21 and the league match against Barcelona five days later.
Atlético have already lost midfielder Augusto Fernández to a long-term cruciate ligament tear and injury-ravaged Portuguese midfielder Tiago also limped off during Monday's game.
Moyá in as back-up
Oblak was injured while attempting to prevent Jonathan dos Santos from scoring Villarreal's second goal and was replaced in the 40th minute by Miguel Ángel Moyá. The 23-year-old will undergo further tests to confirm his expected length of absence.
The Slovenia international has started in 15 La Liga games for Atlético this term and has kept seven clean sheets. Sixth-paced Atlético, who have won just two of their last seven league games, are 12 points adrift of leaders Real Madrid and host Las Palmas on Saturday.