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Vitolo's Atlético injury woes continue with sprained knee

The Spain winger came on a substitute against Valencia and was able to finish the game but now faces three to eight weeks on the sidelines.

Vitolo se duele en una acción del Valencia-Atlético.

Atlético Madrid winger Vitolo is facing another injury lay-off after spraining his left knee during the 1-1 draw with Valencia in Mestalla on Sunday evening.

The Spain international came off the bench in the second half and was able to complete the game but a medical examination conducted afterwards revealed damage to the medial collateral ligament, an injury that usually takes between three and eight weeks to recover from.

Atlético did not confirm the extent of the problem but said Vitolo’s progress would continue to be monitored on a day-to-day basis.

Vitolo's run of bad luck with injury

Vitolo’s Atlético career has been blighted by injuries since his protracted move from Sevilla in 2017, with the player prevented from making his debut for the club until January due to the Fifa ban on registering new players. He spent the first half of last season on loan at Las Palmas, where a hamstring injury in November kept him on the sidelines until after Christmas.

Another hamstring problem late in the campaign saw him sit out a league game against Getafe and almost prevented him from playing in the Europa League final. During Atlético’s pre-season he was also sidelined with a knock to his ankle but played the last 46 minutes of the European Super Cup victory over Real Madrid, providing the assist for Koke to score his side’s fourth.

Vitolo's Atlético injury woes continue with sprained knee