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Saúl: Atlético Madrid confirm midfielder has thigh injury

Saúl: Atlético Madrid confirm midfielder has thigh injury

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Saúl Ñíguez came off in the Copa del Rey clash with Girona and Atlético Madrid have confirmed the Spain international has a thigh problem.

Atlético Madrid have confirmed midfielder Saúl Ñíguez sustained a thigh injury in the Copa del Rey match with Girona on Wednesday.

Saúl forced off injured in Copa exit at hands of Girona

Diego Simeone's side exited the competition on away goals after drawing 3-3 at the Wanda Metropolitano in the second leg of their last-16 tie.

Saúl had to be replaced 11 minutes into the second half and Atleti said a subsequent injury assessment has determined the midfielder has suffered a "high-grade post-traumatic myofascial injury to his thigh".

Atlético give no timescale on Saúl return

The club put no timescale on the recovery of Saúl, who has started 17 LaLiga games for the side second in the table behind Barcelona.

A club statement read: "Saúl Ñíguez has undergone this Thursday [an] MRI scan at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra to know the exact extent of the injury he suffered in the Copa del Rey match against Girona and that prevented him from finishing the match caused by a thigh bruise, being replaced by Rodrigo.

"Our midfielder suffers a post-traumatic myofascial injury to his thigh. He is pending clinical evolution."